Facebook Signs Exclusive Deal to Stream 25 MLB Games

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These 25 games will be distributed via Facebook Watch as part of MLB Live show Page, making this the MLB's first digital-only distribution.

The broadcast will begin in April with a game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, April 4.

Beyond the game streams, MLB will also produce special content specifically for Facebook, such as on-demand highlights and weekly recaps for all 30 teams in the league, which will be viewable on Facebook Watch.

Facebook has been working hard to bring more streaming content to its platform and it has been really focusing on adding sports content. Baseball fans will be excited to know that Facebook has clinched exclusive rights to stream 25 afternoon MLB games this season.

The move marks the first time that one of the major USA professional sports leagues has agreed to have regular season games distributed only on Facebook.

Major League Baseball said all 30 club owners had agreed to the deal with Facebook. Neither MLB nor Facebook disclosed the financial terms, though people with knowledge of the matter put the price at $30 million to $35 million.

The games will be produced by the Major League Baseball with the help of an Emmy-winning production team working to optimize the experience for Facebook Watch. In addition to streaming in the US, Facebook also has right to stream global, but those rights won't be exclusive. In addition to desktop and television, the games will be available across all Facebook Watch platforms, including smartphones and other mobile devices. Given that Amazon has already paid $50 million to streaming Thursday night National Football League games a year ago, the MLB arrangement might be investing in a market that Facebook is already in.

As fans increasingly watch games online, social media companies have increased their focus on signing live-streaming sports deals.