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Today's Blue Jays game won't be on television and fans are NOT pleased

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Rob Williams Apr 18, 2018 10:17 am 6,378

For the first time in a very long time, a Toronto Blue Jays regular season game won’t be available on television in Canada.

You’ll still be able to watch it though, if you have a Facebook account.

Sportsnet isn’t allowed to broadcast today’s game against the Kansas City Royals, despite the fact that their parent company, Rogers, also owns the Blue Jays. It’s all because of a brand new deal between Major League Baseball and Facebook to air 20 MLB games on the social network this season.

“Today’s Blue Jays game is unfortunately not available to Sportsnet,” Sportsnet president Scott Moore explained. “It is part of a package of exclusive games that Major League Baseball sold to Facebook, and were not made available to team TV partners.

The game, which begins at 4 pm EST (1 pm PST), will be available to watch on Facebook and listen to on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio.

Sportsnet appears ready for some backlash, directing fans to MLB’s audience relations email address.

The timing for fans isn’t great. After weather postponed both of Toronto’s games on the weekend, they returned home to find a hole in the roof of Rogers Centre, which caused a rare postponement of a Blue Jays home game.

Furthermore, the Blue Jays are off to their best start to a season in nine years.

Fans handled the news about as well as you think…

Things will be back to normal for tomorrow’s game, the first of a four-game series against the New York Yankees.

To watch today’s game, go to MLB’s official Facebook page.

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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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