YouTube Will Live-Stream MLB Games
May 2, 2019
Major League Baseball has made a groundbreaking deal with YouTube for broadcast rights.
As part of the agreement, MLB has granted the video platform exclusive rights to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season. The games will be broadcast in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico live for free on the MLB’s official YouTube channel and on an upcoming dedicated channel on YouTube TV.
The games will be available on YouTube internationally, with the exception of 23 territories due to existing rights deal, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Germany.
YouTube’s Head of Sports and News Partnerships, Timothy Katz, said: “It’s incredible to team up with Major League Baseball for this 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.”
MLB’s Executive VP of Global Media, Chris Tully said: “YouTube is an enormously popular video platform with impressive global reach and has served as a great environment for baseball fans to consume the game they love. 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.”