Facebook Is in Talks to Stream Major League Baseball Games


Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to livestream one baseball game a week during the upcoming season, Reuters reported on Tuesday. It made ideal sense that they finally went after name brand properties like the Major League Baseball. Streaming one Major League Baseball game per week isn't going to be a huge selling point for Facebook's app, but presumably it's just the beginning of what's to come. Working with Facebook could also help attract younger viewers to Major League Baseball, which has the oldest audience of the big sports leagues.

A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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The Reuters report did not specify which games are a part of the talks.

The move is in line with the social media platform's push to air more live sports in the future, and to capture the sports fan market that competitor, Twitter, is also trying to nab.

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A deal with Facebook wouldn't be the first such partnership in the sports world.

Since the deal is still not done or official, the specific teams and games that would be streamed are unknown, but odds are Facebook will want the top tier teams. Earlier this month, the platform secured rights to 46 Liga MX soccer games from Univision after a test saw 3.7 million users tune into a charity match between English clubs Manchester United and Everton. Although Facebook looks towards having deals with sports brands, Twitter has already established a relationship with the National Football League.

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A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center also found that a higher percentage of people who got news from Twitter - about 70 percent - regularly saw posts about sports compared to Facebook.