At least 22 MLS games to be streamed live on Facebook

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 11, 2017 09:26 AM
At least 22 MLS games to be streamed live on Facebook
This Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, photo shows the logo for the LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) while a sales representative give a sales pitch to a customer interested in season tickets at their new sales office in downtown Los Angeles. Major League Soccer's newest franchise does not have players yet, but LAFC is selling an image and a dream built around its luxurious downtown stadium under construction for an opening in March 2018. The club is already selling season tickets with the promise of a game-day experience that goes beyond any MLS club. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 22 Major League Soccer games this season will be streamed live on Facebook with English-language commentary under an agreement with Univision Deportes.

The league and network said Friday that Chicago's match at expansion Atlanta on March 18 will be the first of the telecasts available on Univision Deportes' Facebook page.

Univision holds MLS's Spanish-language broadcast rights, and ESPN and Fox share English-language rights.

Univision says the Facebook streams will have their own commentators, interactive graphics and fan question-and-answer features. The streamed games are matches Univision already holds rights to, and the streams will be viewable only in the U.S.

Major League Baseball has been investigating whether it can gain the clearances from rights holders necessary to start Facebook streams.

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