Facebook obtains exclusive rights to live stream MLB

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Facebook Inc. has scored exclusive rights to live stream 25 regular season Major League Baseball games, the MLB announced on Friday. Matches will be streamed on Facebook Watch and will begin with the April 4 contest between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Facebook hasn’t disclosed the financial terms of the arrangement. Also on Friday, Warner Music Group and Facebook partnered on a new licensing agreement.

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“Community and conversation are central to both baseball and Facebook, and MLB Network’s innovative broadcasts will bring these interactive and social elements of the game to life to fans around the world in new ways on our platform,” Dan Reed, Facebook head of global sports partnerships, told the media.

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Facebook partnered with Fox last summer to stream UEFA Champions League games. The only place to watch 15 college football games last fall was on Facebook Watch too. Reports estimate Facebook’s future expenditure on live sports licensing in the proximity of a few billion dollars.

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