Facebook announced today that it will stream some cfb games this year. The games are not high profile at all however their partner, Stadium, owns the exclusive rights to the games so Facebook will be the only place to see them.
Facebook announced a deal on Wednesday with Stadium, the 24/7 digital sports broadcaster, to stream 15 college football games exclusively on the platform. Stadium owns the rights to the games, and will produce them specifically for the social network, meaning they won’t air on TV or anywhere else online.
Facebook has been trying to collect sports rights and livestreams for the past year, but most of what it’s secured has been either niche or not exclusive to Facebook.
The company has streamed some NBA and MLB regular season games, but those were available in other places. It also recently inked its most high-profile deal, an agreement with Fox Sports to stream some Champions League soccer matches, arguably the top soccer tournament worldwide outside of the World Cup. But those streams are also not exclusive.
The games are below:
Saturday, Sept. 2: Miami (OH) at Marshall, 6:30 pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 2: UC Davis at San Diego State, 8:30 pm ET
Thursday, Sept. 7: Idaho State at Utah State, 8:00 pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 9: New Mexico State at New Mexico, 8:00 pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 23: FIU at Rice, 7:30 pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 23: Utah State at San Jose State, 7:30 pm ET
Saturday, Sept. 30: Texas State at Wyoming, 4:00 pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 7: Southern Miss at UTSA, 7:00 pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 14: Wyoming at Utah State, 4:30 pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 21: Rice at UTSA, 7:00 pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 28: FIU at Marshall, 2:30 pm ET
Saturday, Nov. 4: North Texas at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 pm ET
Saturday, Nov. 11: Southern Miss at Rice, 3:30 pm ET
Saturday, Nov. 18: Marshall at UTSA, 7:00 pm ET
Saturday, Nov. 25: FAU at Charlotte, 2:00 pm ET
Hopefully they will do as good of a job as Yahoo did with their broadcasts of NFL games. I also wonder if this signals some other parties may be coming to bid on broadcast rights in the next round of negotiations.