Facebook will be streaming 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) games during the 2017 season. The games, one every friday night for the next 20 weeks, will be streamed live on Facebook. Anyone who’s on Facebook and based in the United States can watch the games completely for free.
The internet has changed everything. From the way we communicate, to the way we consume content. Sometimes these two things overlap, with a social network helping people consume content. Which is what’s happening as a result of a new deal between Facebook and MLB.
Facebook Streams Live Baseball
According to Reuters, the new deal means 20 Major League Baseball games will be streamed on Facebook over the next 20 weeks. Every game will be played on a Friday night, with the first game on the roster being the Cincinnati Reds vs the Colorado Rockies at 7:10pm ET tonight (May 19).
You can watch the games on the MLB Facebook page. They’ll be streamed live, and be free for anyone signed up to Facebook. Which is pretty much everyone at this point. Facebook hasn’t yet revealed the full lineup of games, with only tonight’s game confirmed so far.
Dan Reed, Facebook’s Head of Global Sports Partnerships, said in a statement, “Baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond. By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale”.
This is the latest in a string of deals between websites and professional sports leagues. Twitter has previously streamed NFL, MLB, and NHL games, and Amazon recently paid $50 million to stream 10 NFL games. And with more people than ever cutting the cord, these deals will keep on coming.
Free Is Free So Stop Complaining
This is clearly aimed at people who aren’t so into baseball they can already watch games, but who are interested enough that they’ll sit watching people throw a ball around for three hours. Which may be a relatively small percentage of the population. Still, it’s free, so who are we to complain.
Do you regularly watch Major League Baseball? If so, how do you watch MLB games? Do you pay for the privilege? Will you be watching the MLB games on Facebook? Do you appreciate Facebook signing the deal to make this happen? Please let us know in the comments below!
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