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    I don't like the Ravens and even I think this is absurd.. you mean to tell me Baltimore can't handle having both games play at the same time

    Ravens will still play on September 5, but where? | ProFootballTalk

    Ravens will still play on September 5, but where?

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 22, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

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    The statement from the Ravens regarding their inability to play at home on September 5 includes an important tidbit of news.

    They will still be playing that night.

    “The Ravens will open the season on the road on Thursday night, September 5, in our annual NFL Kickoff Game on NBC,” the NFL has announced. ”We are exploring potential fan activities in Baltimore around the Kickoff Game, including a pre-game concert.”

    Possible destinations based on Baltimore’s schedule include Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, and Denver.

    The most intriguing matchup comes in Denver, where the Ravens stunned the Broncos in the playoffs. But why should the Ravens have to roll into the lion’s den for their first game of the season? An argument could be made that the Ravens should be given the ability to choose their opponent for the Week One road opener — or at a minimum to veto the possibility of games at Denver or Pittsburgh.

    The only certainty at this point is that the game won’t be played in Cincinnati, since the Bengals have the same problem that forced the Ravens out of town.

    Our preference would be Miami, which would guarantee a sellout for the Dolphins, a high-profile team (at least for now) via their free-agency moves — which included the pilfering of Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Also, having the NFL season start in South Florida could help when the time comes to finagle votes for the Sun Life Stadium renovation referendum.

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    That's a shame for the Ravens and their fans. Opening the season at home and raising the Super Bowl banner is a very special moment. I still remember the awesome feeling when we opened against the Saints in 2007. We were on top of the NFL world that night. The first event in the NFL season should always be the championship team unveiling its banner in the very first game of the entire NFL season. It just won't be the same if they do it in Week 2 after everyone has already played a game. There won't be the intense focus that there is on the Thursday night when it's the very first game of the NFL season and everyone is watching.

    It's pretty ridiculous that the Orioles and MLB couldn't accommodate them. The Orioles play 81 freaking home games a year, yet they couldn't bend a bit this one time? It comes across as classless to not throw a bone to the NFL team in your city that just won the Super Bowl.

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    Ironically, it was partially the preference shown by Baltimore to the Orioles that cost them the Colts in the first place...

    **** the Orioles, kickoff the season at home and raise the banner on Thursday Night as is their right as defending champions.
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    MLB Baseball still exists... let alone matters?
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    Off topic question: Did Baseball used to be America's No 1 sport?

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    Off topic question: Did Baseball used to be America's No 1 sport?

    Yes. By far.

    This is just terrible PR for the Orioles. Why would you want to tick off everyone in the city? The Ravens having a memorable ceremony to raise a banner on a hyped opening night is superior in importance to 1 out of 81 baseball games. This is just silly.

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    I understand where the Orioles came from had the Ravens not won the SB this wouldn't be an issue

    I just don't get why the Ravens couldn't have it on Wednesday or Friday night...

    Even Sunday would've been fine they would've opened like everyone else.

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    I understand where the Orioles came from had the Ravens not won the SB this wouldn't be an issue

    I just don't get why the Ravens couldn't have it on Wednesday or Friday night...

    Even Sunday would've been fine they would've opened like everyone else.
    It's the NFL who wants the opener on a Thursday night, right? Thursday is the best TV night. They definitely don't want it on a Friday because Friday is the worst night of the week for ratings.

    Obviously the Orioles had no way of knowing that the Ravens would win the Super Bowl, but they play 81 freaking games a year in Baltimore. You'd think they could bend a little this one time so that the citizens of Baltimore could celebrate one of the biggest sporting achievements in the history of the city.

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    The snags:

    the stadiums share parking

    MLB can't just move a game without players association approval unless it is the day of the game. And the players are not going to agree on a DH.


    Players are not going to agree to move a game from 7pm start to 1pm start after playing night games on the road the night before. Baltimore is in Cleveland, Chicago in NY. Not that they are far away but in baseball you never know length of game. Most likely both teams are going to be in playoff races and why would you hurt you're teams chances for a NFL game.

    But...
    A couple of financial deposits, one to the player's association and another to the Orioles, would've worked it all out, I'd think.


    Maybe to Cleveland & NY too. Have day games in those cities the day before and a 1PM start in Baltimore. NY would sell out a day game anyway. Guarantee the normal evening gate for Baltimore and Cleveland.

    This would not even have taken that much $$$s. A few million, I'd guess.
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    I'm gonna laugh when the Orioles game gets rained out that night anyways.

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    This is retarded.

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    This is retarded.
    If the roles were reversed the NFL would not even answer the phone

    Also:

    The Baltimore Orioles opened the2012 MLB season and while no one will ever confuse Baltimore as a baseball town nowadays, the Ravens still chose to rub it in a bit. According to a story on NFL.com, on opening day this past Friday, the Ravens posted this along with a photo of M&T Bank Stadium on their Facebook page:

    "Raise your hand if you'd rather be cheering in THIS stadium than a baseball stadium today!"
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    "We made a mistake and we have apologized to the Orioles. In no way did we mean to disrespect the Orioles." http://www.baltimorebeatdown.com/201...oles-apologize

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    Just schedule the game on Sunday, and forget the whole stupid thing. Having the SB champs open up on the road is more insulting than not having them play on Thursday night.

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    Just schedule the game on Sunday, and forget the whole stupid thing. Having the SB champs open up on the road is more insulting than not having them play on Thursday night.
    Good idea. Since the NFL treasures the ratings that the Thursday night prime time opener brings, they could kick off the season with the Manning-Luck showdown at Lucas, and then just give the Ravens Sunday Night Football where they can pimp their banner.

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    sounds like they are which is awful for them
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    Citing scheduling conflicts, Ravens reps pass on Orioles’ home opener

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 6, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Sometimes, revenge is a dish best served hotter than a plate of chicken enchiladas and refried beans.

    Two weeks after the Baltimore Orioles refused to reschedule a September 5 evening game against the White Sox to allow the Super Bowl champion Ravens to open the season on the Thursday night after Labor Day, none of the Ravens representatives invited to participate in pregame festivities at the O’s home opener were present on Friday.

    The reason? A scheduling conflict, of course.

    “[D]ue to conflicts of schedule and prior commitments for each person, unfortunately, today didn’t work out,” Ravens spokesman Patrick Gleason told Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. “It was determined that those invited would try to reschedule an opportunity to attend a different game this season.”

    While Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne noted that 100 staff and family members attended the game, the inability of the Ravens to send any of the requested representatives for a Super Bowl commemoration invites speculation that the Ravens wanted to keep their distance from a team that wouldn’t move a home game that few will attend or watch, given that the Ravens will still be opening the season that night, on the road.

    It’s disappointing that the Orioles didn’t stand down, but it’s also understandable. Over the last three decades, baseball has seen football gradually yet inevitably pass America’s pastime as the dominant sport in the nation. When baseball has a rare opportunity to throw a little rain on football’s ever-growing parade, we can’t really blame baseball for giving in to temptation.

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