Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday at the owners meetings that the games will be done without blackouts. The broadcasts will occur every Friday for the remainder of the season, beginning May 19 with a matchup between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.
"Probably the most important single announcement [from the owners meetings] is, we've done an agreement with Facebook", Manfred said at a press conference today.
"I've had extensive conversations with (Players Association chief) Tony Clark about putting a series of meetings together to try and advance the ball on the pace of game issues". "Together, we will continue to work to provide memorable experiences for young people, especially those from underserved areas".
Manfred wouldn't get into specifics.
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"We do think it's time".
"There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise". The other group is led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and includes Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.
"It's something we'd really like to do in 2019", Manfred said. A Twitter spokesperson said that its next two Major League Baseball games, including tomorrow night's, will air on Friday, that the company releases its schedule of weekly games each month and that games and nights of the week are subject to change.
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It's not yet clear whether Dodgers or Angels games were a part of the agreement. Reuters had reported in February that Facebook and the Major League Baseball were in talks about a weekly broadcast deal.