Play ball … faster! MLB, union to meet on pace of game

Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement today during the team owners' quarterly meetings in NY.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful the sport can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.

Facebook will stream Friday night games live to users within the USA without blackout restrictions beginning with a Colorado Rockies vs Cincinnati Reds game this Friday, Manfred told reporters after an owners meeting on Thursday. Management can implement changes unilaterally with one-year advance notice.

The two sides announced a new partnership Thursday in which Facebook will Livestream 20 Major League Baseball games throughout this season for free to its USA users. In December 1998, MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed to the posting system in which Japanese clubs can make available players over which they have control.

"We certainly have begun conversations about changes to the posting system", Manfred said.

Facebook announced today that, starting with this Friday's matchup between the Colorado Rockies and the Cinncinatti Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET, they will live-stream 20 Major League Baseball games between now and the end of the season.

"It's just too early to give you some indication as to precise timing", Manfred said.

Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday. The partners will stream games every Friday at 7.10 pm, Eastern Time.

"There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise".

Since the first National Football League game at Wembley Stadium in 2007, there have been 17 matches in the British capital.

Manfred said "we are very close to being finished" with an investigation of the Dodgers, who were accused by Nick Francona of firing him improperly a year ago.

Major League Baseball couldn't wait to have its players rock Under Armour (UA).


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