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Mets fans, Facebook is in talks to stream MLB games this season

By JT. Teran
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; A fan dressed as batman holds up a sign in game five of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; A fan dressed as batman holds up a sign in game five of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Major League Baseball is embracing the new era of technology, and pretty soon, we might all get to enjoy it a little bit more on the world’s most popular social network.

According to a new report from Reuters, Facebook is in discussions with MLB for the rights to stream one baseball game per week on their site during the upcoming season.

The move would be a huge win for Facebook who is working to keep as many people engaged to its network as possible, and it’ll match what other competitive social networks have tried to do as well. Twitter, one of those competitors, was able to stream Thursday Night Football games during select weeks right in the mobile app this past season thanks to a deal with the NFL. Facebook will look to supersede that by streaming a game on weekly basis throughout the summer.

For us baseball fans, the ability to watch our favorite sport on a mobile platform like Facebook will be pretty sweet. It’ll let us check in on different teams throughout the league that we might not always get to watch, and hopefully even give us another way to experience our own Mets games.

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. Maybe I’m biased but I’m thinking the Mets should definitely be in the mix.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manford is desperate to reach a younger, and broader audience during his term at the helm, and it seems like he’s looking towards the online future as a means to get there.

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Mets fans thankfully won’t have to just depend on Facebook to watch the Amazin’s online, though. SNY revealed earlier this month that they will be streaming all games online starting this season through SNY.tv and the NBC Sports app, so if you’re nowhere near a TV but still within MLB’s blackout range, you’ll be able to catch the Mets on the go.

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