Mar 10, 2017 - Technology

Facebook scores: will start streaming Major League Soccer

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press via AP

Facebook has landed a deal with the MLS and Univision Deportes that gives the network exclusive rights to stream the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season matches in English, reports TechCrunch. The streams will also include Facebook commentators, interactive graphics, a fan Q&A and polling features that will enable users to engage with the commentators during the games.

Why this matters: The deal is pretty significant for Facebook, which has been competing with Twitter and other social networks to gain streaming rights to major league sports. And just last month, Reuters reported that the company is also in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season.

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