A new era of Phillies baseball will coincide with the debut of a new feature
Phillies fans will now have a new way to watch their favorite team this season thanks to a new program. Major League Baseball and Facebook announced a partnership on Friday that will allow Facebook to stream 25 major league games this season through Facebook Watch on the MLB Live show Page.
All 30 teams unanimously approved the deal on Friday, creating the baseball’s first digital-only national broadcasts.
Facebook Watch and the MLB Live show Page will debut on Wednesday, April 4, with the Phillies visiting the Mets at 1:10 p.m. EST. Of the four games already scheduled to debut on Facebook Watch, Philadelphia will be featured twice; first against the Mets then three weeks later on April 26 when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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"“This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world,” said Tony Petitti, Deputy Commissioner of Business and Media for Major League Baseball. “It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week.”"
It’s unknown which television stream Facebook Watch will pick up or if viewers will have the option to watch the home or away broadcast.
Last year Twitter began streaming games, including select NFL games on the side of their news feed. With streaming being the newest and fastest growing trend among viewers it only makes sense for America’s game to be streamed on Facebook.