The World Champion Baltimore Ravens are supposed to host the Thursday Night Football game on September 5, but a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles may put a wrench in their celebratory game.
The Orioles are scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox the same night. The ballpark and stadium are next to each other and share parking lots so there is no chance of both games happening at the same time.
The National Football League (NFL) ruled out a Wednesday night game due to the start of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah).
The NFL was supposed to announce the Ravens opponent for the September 5 game during the NFL owners meeting in Arizona on Monday, but was delayed pending the outcome of the game location.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Major League Baseball (MLB) Commission Bud Selig are in talks about the issue; they hope to reach a compromise. The possibility of a double-header has been suggested.
Goodell, admitted he grew up an Orioles fan, would like to see a double-header:
“As a little kid who grew up as an Orioles fan, to have the Orioles game in the afternoon and then go to the Ravens Super Bowl championship celebration for the kickoff game would be a great day,” Goodell said. “We hope that’s the way it will happen.”
Another option is to have the Ravens play on the road, but Goodell said it would be wrong to move the Super Bowl celebration away from the fans; it is something he hopes does not happen.
The conundrum is wreaking havoc in Baltimore; hopefully a fair solution can be reached soon. The 2013 NFL schedule will be released before the Draft on April 25 so there isn’t much time to get it done.
I understand both sides of the argument, but I think that the Orioles should accommodate their neighbors and agree to change in start time. The Ravens won the Vince Lombardi Trophy, they are the bigger draw and the Ravens can provide them with fair compensation to overcome the money they will lose from the change in game time.
The Orioles may benefit from a double-header as fans could make a day and night of supporting their local teams. I would go to both, would you?
What do you think? Who should be bigger person, Orioles or Ravens?