Facebook’s First Exclusive Stream of a Major League Baseball Game Gets Mixed Reviews

The runs, hits and errors of Facebook's MLB debut

Editor: Josh Rios

Facebook continued to prove it’s more than just a social platform with Wednesday’s broadcast of a Major League Baseball game. The match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets was the first of 25 MLB games Facebook will livestream this season.

Facebook has streamed several MLB games in the past, but local sports networks and MLB.TV could also show the games. On Wednesday, baseball fans could only watch the Phillies and Mets on Facebook.

But that convenience came with a number of negatives, including distracting comments, a program-less rain delay, and a loss of the stream in the fifth inning, knocking out 70,000 of the 80,000 viewers.

Here at Adweek, we gathered our biggest Mets and Phillies fans to discuss the runs, hits and errors of Facebook’s MLB debut.


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