Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week

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Then you could post relentless photos of your cat napping in the windowsill.

Then on Thursday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Facebook and MLB had reached a deal to put 20 Friday night games this season on Facebook Live and that more games could be added in future seasons. The deal is not exclusive, so Facebook will piggyback local broadcasts of the games. In 2011, before the introduction of Facebook Live, MLB.com streamed selected spring-training games live on Facebook (by embedding the MLB.TV video player into the Facebook Pages of the participating teams).

That's 9 straight wins, and the longest winning streak of 2017. The Facebook package of 20 games will use the broadcast feed of one of the involved teams.

The two sides announced a new partnership Thursday in which Facebook will livestream 20 Major League Baseball games throughout this season for free to its USA users.

This is another big partnership for Facebook's live streaming ambitions, after the company recently announced a partnership with the MLS to stream live soccer matches.

It's not yet clear whether Dodgers or Angels games were a part of the agreement.

Twitter also partnered with the National Basketball Association to stream 360-degree videos of the National Basketball Association finals games previous year.

"It's really important to us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area", Manfred said.

MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed to the posting system in December 1998 in which Japanese clubs can make available players over which they have control.

Dan Reed, Facebook's head of global sports partnerships, said the chatty nature of watching baseball is a flawless fit for the platform.