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You Can Now Watch Live MLB Games on Facebook

Dave Parrack 19-05-2017

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 10 Ways You'll Be Using Facebook Live This Year Facebook just made two major announcements. Both of these show the 1.5-billion user company's commitment to ensure you enjoy as much live-streamed video as you can. Read More . 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 How Twitter Is Changing How You Watch Sports Twitter is becoming an increasingly important player when it comes to sports broadcasting, and its acquisition of the broadcast rights to NFL games could have a huge impact on everyone involved. Read More , and Amazon recently paid $50 million to stream 10 NFL games. And with more people than ever cutting the cord Everyone Else Is Cutting the Cord, So Why Aren't You? I cut the cord back in 2013 and more and more people are following suit, completely ditching their cable service. But not everyone is cutting the cord, and we decided to find out why... Read More , 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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  1. Leah
    May 19, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I watch baseball on cable. If I can't be at the TV I can watch it via my cable company's app or Fox Sports Go. If I can't watch it then I listen via Sirius XM.

    This is cool, Facebook airing some games. The game they have isn't the free game of the day for MLB.TV so that's more baseball one can watch. If you're an out-of-town/market/no cable fan this gives you more chances to possibly catch your team play (if you get to be one of the lucky). Maybe this will get them thinking about changing things. I wouldn't mind subscribing to MLB.TV if I could get local games. MLB has that blackout rule, so no, I can't. Baseball keeps me tethered to cable.