Major League Baseball (MLB) has entered their third year in partnership with YouTube ahead of the 2021 season, with the video-sharing service set to stream one live game per week across 21 weeks.
MLB and YouTube have entered their third year of partnership as part of a streaming agreement deal. The two began working together in 2019, when YouTube streamed 13 games for free across the season. Unfortunately, last season only allowed for four games to be streamed due to a pandemic-shortened season.
Each of the 21 games will only be available on YouTube, on any device from a smartphone to a smart TV.
The first game to be streamed by the American online video-sharing platform will be an afternoon contest at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dominick Balsamo, senior vice president of global media and business development at MLB said: “MLB content on YouTube continues to play a pivotal role in showcasing our club, player and baseball storylines to new audiences; and extending our live game offering across a full season is a significant step in the evolution of our partnership.”
There are a number of other games that have been confirmed for YouTube streaming, including the Los Angeles Angels' game against Houston Astros on April 22, as well as the Minnesota Twins versus the Cleveland Indians on April 28. Future games are yet to be decided.
Author: Fred Dobberson