Facebook to exclusively stream 25 Major League Baseball games a year

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The meeting will be the first of 25 afternoon Major League Baseball games streamed on Facebook during the 2018 season, according to engadget's David Lumb, who adds it will be the first time ever that a social network was granted "sole rights to broadcast games".

The fight to be the streaming destination for sports fans is heating up and Facebook just took a huge step forward in upping its game.

All of the games broadcast on Facebook will be produced by MLB Network, the league's internal production team, so the broadcast will have a familiar feel to the average fewer. The first game that will be broadcast on the platform will be a matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets at Citi Field in New York on April 4. Contests will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the USA via the MLB Live show Page.

All fans, except those in "select worldwide markets", will be able to watch each of the 25 streamed, MLB Network-produced games on the MLB Live Facebook page. It said that Facebook is broadening its sports lineup.

Facebook will be involved with an Major League Baseball season that starts March 29 and figures to feature plenty of tight races leading into October. Financial terms were not released.

YouTube TV is also adding MLB Network to its channel line-up, and soon will add the MLB.tv streaming service in the USA, for an additional fee. It carried 20 non-exclusive Major League Baseball games and 47 small conferences college basketball games.

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Each set of monthly broadcast schedules for Facebook will be announced throughout the season.

Wednesday, April 11: Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:15 p.m.

MLB said the games on Facebook Watch will be the league's first digital-only national broadcasts.

Facebook continues to grow its live sports streaming portfolio, which includes also Champions League soccer.

Viewers will be able to watch the games on their smartphones, tablets, computers and connected devices like home TVs, Bloomberg reported.

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