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MLB brings back YouTube Game of the Week on May 5th

Fans of Major League Baseball will be able to watch some matches on YouTube this season as the sports body renews its contract with the video hosting platform.

The Major League Baseball is in the habit of breaking down its television broadcast rights before parceling them out. This season, the MLB has renewed its four-year deal with YouTube for the “MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube.”

This time, the games will be free to watch and without local blackout restrictions.

The new deal brings 15 games in the 2022 season exclusively to YouTube, starting on May 5th. The first half of the Game of the Week Live on YouTube includes:

Since MLB and YouTube started partnering in 2019, MLB content has generated 5.4 billion views and accumulated 425 million watch hours. MLB notes that half of the audience is under 35 years.

The first half of the MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube schedule will be:

  • Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies — Thursday, May 5th @ 3:10 p.m. ET
  • Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds — Wednesday, May 11th @ 12:35 p.m. ET
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs — Friday, May 20 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins — Wednesday, May 25th @ 1:10 p.m. ET
  • Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Guardians — Wednesday, June 1st @ 1:10 p.m. ET
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals — Wednesday, June 8th @ 2:10 p.m. ET
  • Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners — Wednesday, June 15th @ 4:10 p.m. ET

Fans of the game can access each broadcast for free from anywhere they can watch YouTube, including the free YouTube app on smart TVs, simply by tuning into MLB’s YouTube channel, or for YouTube TV members, on a dedicated channel via the app.

MLB is also running the “YouTube Player of the Game,” where fans watching on mobile devices and computers can vote for the standout player who will receive a trophy during the postgame show.

The play will be called by Scott Braun and former MLB All-Star Yonder Alonso. There will also be the MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube Pregame Show, hosted by MLB Network host and reporter Siera Santos and begins 30 minutes before each game’s scheduled start time and air live on YouTube.

According to Jon Cruz, YouTube’s Head of Sports Partnerships, “YouTube became Major League Baseball’s official partner to stream live games four years ago, and it’s been incredible to continue to grow the game in compelling and innovative ways on our platform. One of the biggest commonalities within our partnership is maintaining a ‘fan-first’ perspective, so we’re proud to continue to keep our games free and accessible to fans in over 182 countries around the word while delivering the best of baseball in ways only YouTube can do.”

“YouTube is committed to building on our unique in-game features to engage MLB fans of all ages across the globe as only YouTube can,” said Erin Teague, Director and Global Head of Sports, Movies and Shows Product Management, “We’re excited to bring MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube back this season and continue delivering a best-in-class experience to viewers who have come to expect our fan-first presentation.”

Written by HackerVibes

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