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MLB expands YouTube live rights to Japan ahead of LA Angels game

Baseball league also adds other key Pacific Rim markets ahead of Shohei Ohtani’s appearance.

by Ed Dixon

MLB expands YouTube live rights to Japan ahead of LA Angels game

Major League Baseball (MLB) has expanded the availability of its YouTube-exclusive game to include Japan and other major Pacific Rim markets.

The game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians and will now be available to watch via the Google-owned video sharing platform in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan.

The countries had previously been excluded by the MLB from its 13-game rights package signed with YouTube in April for the second half of 2019 regular season. The other 19 excluded nations, including Germany, Switzerland and Tonga, were also not covered by the agreement due to existing rights deals.

Japan continues to be a key market for MLB, which has staged games there, including the two-game season-opening series between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in March this year.

The new deal also means fans from the country will now be able to watch local star Shohei Ohtani, a designated hitter for the Angels, in action.

The game between the Angels and Indians begins on 10th September at 10:07 PM Eastern Time, reaching audiences in Tokyo at 11:07 and 12:07 PM in Sydney the following day.