Batter up! Facebook will stream 20 Major League Baseball games this season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a news conference in Phoe
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a news conference in Phoe

20 May, 2017

First you could poke someone.

The first game will be the Colorado Rockies at the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday.

The live-stream feeds will come from the local broadcast rightsholders, according to reports.

The Friday-night freebies will be available around the world and apparently blackout restrictions will not apply.

Reuters reported in February that Facebook and Major League Baseball were in talks to stream one game per week as part of an aggressive push to become a destination for live sports.

That's 9 straight wins, and the longest winning streak of 2017.

This marks MLB's latest live-streaming effort with Facebook. Additional games and times will be announced later on.

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Baseball is coming to your Facebook page.

This is another big partnership for Facebook's live streaming ambitions, after the company recently announced a partnership with the MLS to stream live soccer matches.

"It's really important to us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area", Manfred said.

Major League Baseball has already staged regular season games in Japan, Australia and Mexico.

These games will be streamed weekly in a national telecast on Friday nights, accessible to Facebook users in the US. Twitter signed a similar deal with the league's video tech arm past year.

Terms weren't disclosed, but Facebook brought enough firepower to the bargaining table to bounce Twitter from its Friday time slot with Major League Baseball.

At Bat VR is set to launch June 1, enabling MLB.TV subscribers to watch live games while in the comfort of a virtual batter's box that brings real-time data.

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