This is single handedly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever, EVER heard.
Yes, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, MLB has singed on to a deal with Facebook to have the exclusive broadcasting rights to one “national game” for 25 weeks. That generally adds up to two games for each team.
The Mets, however will get the first chance to be featured through this new deal, on April 5th.
I don’t remember there ever being a Mets game that wasn’t shown on local television, and as someone that doesn’t have Facebook (and doesn’t want to get one) I’m very, very upset about this decision, and I urge Major League Baseball to reconsider.
I have so many family members and friends that are big Mets fans, who live outside of the New York area (which rules out going to the game or listening on the radio) that will be barred from watching the game, only because they don’t have a type of social media.
I understand that MLB wants to create new and exciting ways to get more people into the game, but not letting a core portion of the fanbase watch the game, so some people that frequent on Facebook can tune into a live stream.
Here’s an idea, though. Why not allow both options?
Let those that want to watch via Facebook watch on Facebook, and let those that want to watch baseball game in their living room with their family do just that?