Youtube will live-stream 13 Major League Baseball matches to both Youtube and Youtube TV, according to a new deal. This is the first exclusive partnership Youtube signed with the league.
The deal has been reported to cover streaming in Canada, Purto Rico, United States. The regular season games will be covered during the streaming. Due to the exclusive nature of the deal, those matches will not be available in other television network. The amount of money that has changed hands in the deal is yet to be disclosed.
Industry experts are predicting, in the coming days Google and Youtube are going to take more aggressive approach when it comes to landing media rights. YT is already in the league of networks that are broadcasting NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’. Last year, they signed a deal to exclusively carry many games from two major league soccer clubs, Los Angles Football Club and the Seattle Sounders.
Timothy Katz, Youtbe’s head of Sports and News Partnership said in a statement, “ It’s incredible to team up with Major League Baseball for the first-of-its-kind deal together to provide both diehard baseball fans and our Youtube community with live games exclusively on Youtube and Youtube TV. With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fanbase , 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.”
The 23 territories which will not be counted under the Youtube-MLB streaming pact are, Alto Adige, Australia, Austria, Cook Islands, Fiji , French Polynesia, Germany, Japan, Kiribati, Leichtenstein, Luxemburg, Marshall Island, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Samoa and Western Samoa, Switzerland, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.
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