The BBC has confirmed that when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox continue their rivalry at the London Stadium in June, the historic tie will be shown live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.
The games, which will be the first two MLB games to be played in Europe on 29 and 30 June are part of a two-year deal signed by Major League Baseball and BBC Sport to stream the London Series in the United Kingdom.
Victoria Cotton, BBC Sport Live Streaming Executive Editor commented on the deal: “We’re very excited to bring the MLB London Series to free-to-air audiences across the country for the first-ever time this summer. Our digital platforms are proud to provide coverage of world-class sporting entertainment and MLB will bring a new level of interest to our channels.”
The deal follows BT Sport extending its deal to show MLB until the conclusion of 2021, in a deal that will see the broadcaster continue to show regular-season games as well as post-season fixtures.
Continuing with the extension of its broadcasting footprint, unveiling a new partnership with YouTube, that will see the site stream 13 games during the 2019 season.
Timothy Katz, YouTube’s head of sports and news partnerships stated: “It’s incredible to team up with Major League Baseball for this first-of-its-kind deal together to provide both diehard baseball fans and our YouTube community with live games exclusively on YouTube and YouTube TV.
“With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fanbase, we are confident YouTube’s global audience will bring fans around the world together in one place to watch the games and teams they love.”
Chris Tully, MLB executive vice president for global media, concluded: “YouTube is an enormously popular video platform with impressive global reach and has served as a great environment for baseball fans to consume the game they love.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with YouTube to provide fans with an exclusive, customised live game viewing experience. With the media consumption habits of our fans continuing to evolve, MLB is committed both to expanding our roster of national broadcast platforms and to presenting live games in new ways to our fans.”