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YouTube to stream 13 MLB games

May 2, 2019

By Nik Roseveare

YouTube has confirmed a deal with Major League Baseball (MLB) for the exclusive rights to live stream 13 games this season.

The games will be available globally on YouTube, and exclusively in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The matches will stream live on MLB’s official YouTube channel and via a new channel on YouTube TV. Coverage will feature pre- and post-game shows, and input from YouTube creators.

The 13 actual matches haven’t been revealed yet, but they will all take place in the second half of the season. The 2019/2020 started on March 20th and runs until October 30th.

Financial terms have not been disclosed.

“With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fan base, we are confident YouTube’s global audience will bring fans around the world together in one place to watch the games and teams they love,” Timothy Katz, the video sites’ head of sports and news partnerships, said in a statement.

Chris Tully, MLB executive vice president for global media, added: “We are excited to expand our partnership with YouTube to provide fans with an exclusive, customised live game viewing experience. With the media consumption habits of our fans continuing to evolve, MLB is committed both to expanding our roster of national broadcast platforms and to presenting live games in new ways to our fans.”

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