Facebook, MLB launching exclusive game-of-the-week package

Facebook, MLB launching exclusive game-of-the-week package

As a few of many examples, CBS has for years offered NCAA Tournament games online, and NFL fans watch the league's England games on Yahoo.

On top of the live broadcasts, the Major League Baseball will also release extra content on Facebook Watch like on-demand highlights for every regular season game, as well as weekly recap highlights for each team.

As part of the baseball deal - which Bloomberg reported to be in excess of $30 million - MLB will also produced on-demand highlights for every game and weekly recaps for each club to air on Facebook.

MLB Network plans to introduce in-game production elements specially designed for watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook.

"Community and conversation are central to both baseball and Facebook", Dan Reed, Facebook's head of global sports partnerships, said in a statement. It's the first time the social network has gotten access to games from a major sports league that won't be shown on TV or anywhere else.

Facebook's Major League Baseball deal underscores the fiercely competitive market of technology companies like Google (goog), Sony, Hulu, Amazon, and Twitter debuting streaming video services that include shows and sporting events traditionally shown on broadcasting and cable networks.

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The first Major League Baseball broadcast will stream on Facebook Watch April 4 live from Citi Field.

MLB Network will produce the 25 games that will air on Facebook Watch and use interactive in-game broadcast elements tailored to mobile and digital users. The games also will be broadcast in most other countries via the show Page.

"Much like the migration of sports from broadcast to cable, you're reaching these milestones where the combination of the financial incentive and the audience allow you to make the next great leap".

The Diamondbacks' game against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. on April 26 will be among the games to be streamed on the social media platform, though the schedule is subject to change.

The league also announced that Facebook will stream a matinee on April 11 between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals as well as an April 18 matchup between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.

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