Facebook to show 25 Major League Baseball games this season

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Facebook said Friday that recorded broadcasts also will be available globally, excluding select global markets.

All 30 club owners unanimously approved the move, according to Bloomberg.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world", Tony Petitti, the league's deputy commissioner of business and media, said in a statement.

Also as part of the deal, the league will produce curated content for Facebook Watch, like on-demand highlight packages for every regular season game, as well as team-specific recaps. Neither Facebook nor Major League Baseball disclosed the terms of the agreement, but Bloomberg reported the deal was priced at between $30 million to $35 million.

Even so, as Bloomberg notes, this is the first time Facebook has nabbed exclusive streaming rights for regular season games from one of the major United States sports leagues. MLB Network said it will introduce new "in-game production elements specially designed for intuitively watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook".

Last summer, Facebook and Fox Sports teamed up to stream UEFA Champions League games on the television network's Facebook page.

Facebook's Major League Baseball deal underscores the fiercely competitive market of technology companies like Google (goog), Sony, Hulu, Amazon, and Twitter debuting streaming video services that include shows and sporting events traditionally shown on broadcasting and cable networks. Some of these folks will surely appreciate the opportunity to catch some baseball on a Wednesday afternoon, while their bosses probably would rather they be working. Viewers will be able to watch on tablets, smartphones, computers and connected TVs.

Facebook's first-month schedule includes Philadelphia-New York Mets on April 4, Milwaukee-St.

In November, the company was said to be looking to hire an executive to negotiate the acquisition of other broadcasting rights for sports leagues.

Also on the docket: Brewers vs. Cardinals on April 11; Royals vs.

Game broadcasts will be produced by MLB Network and will feature a number of digital tools to enhance the viewing experience.

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