After live streaming over a dozen college football games this season, Facebook acquired exclusive rights to 47 college basketball contests for the 2017-18 season. Games are available via the Facebook Watch tab, a section dedicated to original video content and distributed through their partnership with the Stadium sports network.
Being a digital platform, Facebook offers elements to enhance the viewing experience such as a live chat between analysts and the at-home audience alongside the on-air presentation. Stadium will also produce a live college basketball show exclusive to Facebook. The studio show will be a weekly 30 minute program every Wednesday at 6:30pm ET, hosted by Dave Ross and analyst Tim Doyle.
The slate of games includes a number of teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year such as Dayton, Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, Florida Gulf Coast, Wake Forest, Rhode Island, U.C. Davis, VCU, Minnesota and New Mexico State. Other notable schools playing in Facebook exclusive games are Pittsburgh, UNLV, Utah, Washington State, Ole Miss, Memphis, George Washington, and UMass.
Each game will be available on-demand following the live broadcast. In addition to the 47 exclusive games on Facebook, Stadium will stream other games on watchstadium.com, the Stadium iOS and Android app, Twitter and Pluto TV.
The cost Facebook paid to receive exclusive rights for 15 college football and 47 college basketball games this year has not been released.