The Kansas City Royals match-up against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, June 27 is set to air exclusively on Facebook. The MLB has tried out a few other games like this so far in 2018.
Today, the Kansas City Royals game against the Milwaukee Brewers is being solely shown on Facebook Live. The game, with a 1:10 start time (Central Daylight Time). The MLB planned 20 games to be shown on Facebook only.
MLB Baseball and Facebook is an interesting combination. The NFL tried something like this with Thursday night football, except it was on Twitter. Plus, that wasn’t the only way to watch the game. It was in addition to the broadcast.
The MLB’s main goal in the Facebook Live broadcasts is to help give fans around the world ample opportunity to watch the games.
The Bad Parts
It isn’t ideal for people who have access to MLB TV, or is able to be in front of a TV at 1:10 in the afternoon. It adds more steps for them to watch the game.
This is the second time that the Kansas City Royals have been featured in one of these broadcasts. But, the game may be subject to skips and buffering based on WiFi connections and other factors. It was a problem in early April with one of the first games that was broadcasted on Facebook.
The Good Things
So, for people who work a desk job, it is much easier to quickly turn the stream on or off if it is on the easily accessible Facebook app.
According to an article in the Kansas City Star, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Kris Medlen will partake in the broadcast as a commentator. And, he is the second former Royal to be given the opportunity. Jeremy Guthrie was on the crew for the last game.
All in all, baseball is baseball regardless of how it is broadcasted. People most likely have differing opinions as to if Facebook Live is a good method for broadcasting baseball. Regardless, the game is still going to be exclusively on Facebook today.