For the first time ever, Mets fans in the New York tri-state area will be able to listen to games via WCBS’ web stream.
It’s the latest streaming agreement MLB has entered into with flagship radio stations after years of restricting streaming access to games via its own audio and video subscription services.
Earlier this week, the league cut a deal with TuneIn, which will offer play-by-play coverage of all 30 MLB teams for premium subscribers.
The MLB’s updated broadcast agreement with Audacy will also have WCBS (770) producing the Spanish-language broadcasts of Mets games that will air on Good Karma Brands “ESPN 1050” WEPN.
Both the English-language and the Spanish-language broadcasts will be available on the Audacy app for in-market fans. The audio streams will also be available on Mets.com.
During the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season, a number of radio stations were allowed to stream their over-the-air broadcasts, providing access to baseball fans who were not in their cars but still listening to games due to work-at-home mandates.
Last season more teams cut deals with their radio partners opening the door for more streaming access for fans.
There is no question that this trend will continue as the evolution toward increased digital consumption expands.