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Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week

Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week

Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league's games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the Facebook deal following the quarterly owners meetings in NYC on Thursday. But if the night of the week does change, then that's a switch from Twitter's announcement in April that its Major League Baseball game broadcasts would air on Friday nights.

Twitter partnered with the National Basketball Association this season to stream an original live show, and it streamed Thursday night NFL games past year.

At the MLB owners meetings in NY on Thursday, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced the revised competition committee, a 16-person panel which includes Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

"We're at the beginning of a golden age of online video", Zuckerberg said during an earnings call last month.

The games will be freely accessible on Facebook via the official Major League Baseball page. "When baseball asks me to be a part of a committee full of notable people who I respect in the game, obviously I jumped at the opportunity".

Koehler was optioned Tuesday to Triple-A New Orleans after he gave up eight runs in three innings in a loss to Houston.

"There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise".

Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday. "It's really between the Marlins and the bidders", Manfred said.

"This is not a trend we are seeing with other team sports", said Manfred.

The deal kicks off immediately with the Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds game Friday night at 7:10pm ET.