Here’s some news you’ll definitely like and might even share: Facebook will begin livestreaming Major League Baseball on Friday nights. Reuters reports that the company has secured a deal with MLB to show 20 league games this season. The social media giant has now stepped into live sports programming.
“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,” says Dan Reed, Facebook’s head of global sports partnerships. “By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale.”
The first MLB livestream will be this evening at 7:10 p.m. ET. when the Colorado Rockies take on the Cincinnati Reds. Everyone can watch the game on the MLB Facebook page.
It had been previously reported that Facebook and MLB were in negotiations to begin streaming games, as the social media networks continues its aggressive push to become a leader in live sports.
The competion is stiff. Earlier this month, Twitter announced that it had secured a deal with the WNBA to being showing professional women’s basketball. For it’s part, Amazon has entered a deal with the NFL.