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On April 4th, MLB and Facebook streamed their first ever game on the platform, between the Mets and the Phillies. Here, I will present my thoughts on MLB and Facebook.
Overall, I like the idea of broadcasting a game on Facebook, but the issue that the game was exclusively on the platform was an issue, for many reasons. But let’s start with the positives. The broadcast crew of Scott Braun, Cliff Floyd, John Kruk, and Social Media reporter Alexa Datt was very entertaining and professional, and kept the viewers engaged. Also, the lack of commercials was a nice surprise, and we were able to get some insider insights from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, pieces on Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, and Mets captain David Wright.
However, there are always negatives to the situation as well. The formatting of the screen gave us less room to watch the game due to the giant “scoreboard” on the left side of the screen. Also, the fan comments on the game that showed up on the top of the screen were not needed and took away from the presentation. Another issue was that the game was exclusively streamed on Facebook. I would have preferred to watch the game on my TV, but having to carry around my phone or laptop at home to watch a game is not fun. The camera angles used by the broadcast left many wanting to see more of the game, because the camera behind home plate doesn’t show much of the field. Lastly, if MLB and Facebook want to have a successful venture, then they must work out technical difficulties. The game froze at least twice, leading many to miss key moments in the Mets 4-2 victory over the Phillies.
Overall, I think that MLB needs to not just stream the game on Facebook, and I probably would have been better off listening to the game on the radio in the car.