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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ravens want O’s to move game to accomidate Home opener.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said his team and the NFL are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the season opens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 5, so it’s up to the Baltimore Orioles to give a little themselves.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Biscotti has offered to cover any lost revenues the Orioles might incur if they agree to move their 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards to an afternoon start time.

“In fairness to Major League Baseball and the Angeloses, we’re trying to dump a pretty big problem on them and we’re asking them to make a lot of concessions that will benefit us and potentially harm them though it doesn’t necessarily harm them,” Bisciotti said, according to the newspaper. “The bottom line is if they wanted to do it, they would find a way to do it. From the Ravens and the NFL standpoint, we’ll do whatever we have to do in order to keep that tradition.”

Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM | 76 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Anonymous Observer Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4392833)
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said his team and the NFL are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the season opens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 5, so it’s up to the Baltimore Orioles to give a little themselves.


I've been following this, and can somebody shed some light on this for me? What does the Orioles/White Sox game have to do with whether or not the Ravens can play their game? Is this just something where the NFL wants the baseball game moved so they can have more fans show up?

Whatever the case, I hope the Orioles/White Sox/MLB tell the NFL to go pound sand.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4392838)
the caption in the article says "The Ravens and Orioles playing at the same time would make for a logistical nightmare due to the proximity of M&T Bank Park, left, to Camden Yards."
   3. Good cripple hitter Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4392844)
The two stadiums share parking lots. If they both play at the same time, the lots would probably be overloaded.
   4. Shibal Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4392845)
The Orioles will have just finished off a 9 game road trip...can't imagine they would be thrilled with a day game right after getting into town.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4392847)
Orioles games use the M&T parking lot.
   6. Anonymous Observer Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4392857)
#2, #3, #5, thanks. The previous articles I had read on this never mentioned that. I didn't read this one because I didn't think there would be any additional information.
   7. Shibal Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4392860)
Either way, I'd tell the NFL to screw themselves. These things are best handled in house...you don't make them public like this.
   8. Chicago Joe Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4392863)
Biscotti should go dip himself in some sort of hot liquid.
   9. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4392871)
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4392872)
The whole brouhaha stems from the NFL's all-of-nine-year-old "tradition" that the season should open with a Thursday night marquee matchup at the home of the Super Bowl Champion. I sincerely hope that the Orioles just tell the NFL to stuff it, and I say that as a huge Ravens fan.
   11. Kurt Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4392874)
How much would moving the baseball game to the afternoon even help? Don't fans start showing up in the parking lot for a night football game like six hours before kickoff?
   12. JJ1986 Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4392881)
The Orioles will have just finished off a 9 game road trip...can't imagine they would be thrilled with a day game right after getting into town.


They could very easily move the football game to Wednesday then. They did it last year.
   13. Kurt Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4392884)
IF the Orioles were inclined to accommodate the NFL (I agree with AO and Andy on this point), the obvious solution is a day-night doubleheader on Friday, rather than a Thursday afternoon game.
   14. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4392885)
How much would moving the baseball game to the afternoon even help? Don't fans start showing up in the parking lot for a night football game like six hours before kickoff?

That's a very good point, especially given all the tailgating vehicles that likely aren't going to want to budge after they've set up, in order to let the Orioles fans depart.
   15. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4392888)
They could very easily move the football game to Wednesday then. They did it last year.
But then none of the Ravens' Jewish stars could play.
   16. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4392889)
They could very easily move the football game to Wednesday then. They did it last year.

Bingo.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4392891)

They could very easily move the football game to Wednesday then. They did it last year.


They mention that in the article. Supposedly they don't want to do it because of Rosh Hashanah. I don't really understand why that would be a big conflict, I assume they don't cancel monday night football when the holiday is on a monday.
   18. bunyon Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4392899)
Do the Ravens still have any players?

Won't the Orioles have been eliminated by this point?

Just leave it. It'll all work itself out.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 20, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4392908)
The Ravens can play a Sunday night opener if they want to have a big national TV broadcast. More people will see it than a Thursday game.

The Orioles & White Sox would have to travel after a night game and play a day game to accommodate the NFL. Not worth the trouble.
   20. Tripon Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4392922)
The whole brouhaha stems from the NFL's all-of-nine-year-old "tradition" that the season should open with a Thursday night marquee matchup at the home of the Super Bowl Champion. I sincerely hope that the Orioles just tell the NFL to stuff it, and I say that as a huge Ravens fan.


Wasn't the first game last year on a Wed? Just do that again this year.
   21. Bob Tufts Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4392930)
Meatwad: Why did you link to an article that forces me to support Peter Angelos? I haven't backed him since the 1994-95 strike when he voted against the other owners regarding replacement players and what would have been the end of Cal's chance to pass Genrig.
   22. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4392940)
I don't think they can play Thursday afternoon since the Orioles are returning from a road trip. I think a night game followed by travel requires a night game the following day.

And I'll add my voice; Hey NFL, the MLB schedule has been out for several months, play the game Friday night, or Saturday night, or Sunday night or Monday night.


What really pisses me off is that in the end MLB will cave.
   23. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4392963)
By September 5th it will be football season in Baltimore.
   24. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4392965)
Why not have the football game on Friday evening and ask the Os to play on Friday afternoon? Sure, that sucks for those who are Shomer F*cking Shabbos but at least then the game won't be on either the first or second night of Rosh Hashanah.

EDIT: By the way, weren't these baseball/football scheduling conflicts supposed to go away after we got rid of the multi-purpose stadiums?
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4392973)
Why not have the football game on Friday evening and ask the Os to play on Friday afternoon? Sure, that sucks for those who are Shomer F*cking Shabbos but at least then the game won't be on either the first or second night of Rosh Hashanah.


I think the NFL gets something from the federal government in exchange for never having friday games.
   26. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4392982)
Bear in mind too that the Orioles have a sizeable Jewish fanbase too. Most would miss a Thursday afternoon game, since services on the first day of RH typically don't conclude until 1pm at the earliest.
   27. beer on a stick Posted: March 20, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4392998)
There seems to be some animosity between the two teams already, stemming from a similar situation several years ago. In that situation, the O's asked the Ravens to accomodate them and the Ravens said no, so the O's aren't likely to do anything to help the Ravens on this. Jim Duquette mentioned it on his satellite radio show.

Also there are some logistical problems associated with both teams playing at the same time. One is the aforementioned parking problem. Another is staffing. A lot of the support and concessions staff works in both builldings, so there would likely be shortages in both.

An example of how complicated things can get: At O's games, the staff pays $2 to park in a lot about a quarter-mile away from Oriole Park. That same parking lot is a prime lot for the Ravens, as it is right across the light rail tracks from M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens are probably getting $40-$50 a spot in that parking lot. BTW, the Ravens do not offer employee parking anywhere in the complex. You either pay the full price, or find paking on the street. And street parking in Baltimore is largely forbidden on Ravens game days.

No reason whey the Ravens can't play Wednesday. I'm not an expert on Judaism or any other religion, but I suspect that nobody is going to boycott the NFL because of them playing on a religious holiday. They play on Christmas, don't they?
   28. Bob Tufts Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4393001)
Perhaps this little incident was not forgotten by O's management:

The Ravens and Orioles have made it a point to try and be positive influences on each other ever since the slight blunder on the part of one of the Ravens PR personnel who, at some point last season (2012), posted a picture of a packed M&T Bank Stadium during an empty seated Orioles game and stated "wouldn't you rather be here right now?".
   29. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4393003)
I'm Jewish and I don't care. The NFL and the Ravens are being absolutely ridiculous. Just play on Wed. or Sun. night.
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:05 PM (#4393007)
Why don't they just play the Ravens game in Cleveland Municipal Stadium?

NEVER FORGET
   31. JJ1986 Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:07 PM (#4393009)
No reason whey the Ravens can't play Wednesday. I'm not an expert on Judaism or any other religion, but I suspect that nobody is going to boycott the NFL because of them playing on a religious holiday. They play on Christmas, don't they?


I'm sure they've played on Rosh Hashanah before.
   32. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4393010)
I'm Jewish and I don't care. The NFL and the Ravens are being absolutely ridiculous. Just play on Wed. or Sun. night.

Baltimore has a large Jewish community and more than its fair share of observant types. I'm sure more than a few are season-ticket holders and moving the game to Wednesday would piss them off big time.
   33. beer on a stick Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4393012)
And they probably will this year too. I don't see the O's backing down on this.

Edit: referenced to #31.
   34. beer on a stick Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:12 PM (#4393014)
Baltimore has a large Jewish community and more than its fair share of observant types. I'm sure more than a few are season-ticket holders and moving the game to Wednesday would piss them off big time


If RH service typically last until 1pm on the first day, how will an 8pm start time interefere with that?
   35. JJ1986 Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4393016)
If RH service typically last until 1pm on the first day, how will an 8pm start time interefere with that?


There'd be services Wednesday night and Thursday (first day) morning.
   36. beer on a stick Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4393019)
Baltimore has a large Jewish community and more than its fair share of observant types. I'm sure more than a few are season-ticket holders and moving the game to Wednesday would piss them off big time


If RH service typically last until 1pm on the first day, how will an 8pm start time interefere with that?
   37. Tilden Katz Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4393021)
Wasn't the Giants opener on RH last year?
   38. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4393022)
If RH service typically last until 1pm on the first day, how will an 8pm start time interefere with that?

I was attempting to make two points: The Ravens would have a PR problem if they agreed to play on Wednesday evening whereas the Orioles would have one if they agreed to a Thursday matinee.
   39. beer on a stick Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4393023)
"There'd be services Wednesday night and Thursday (first day) morning.

OK, so there is a problem then. Thanks for enlightening me.

Guess the Ravens will just have to cancel then! :D
   40. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:35 PM (#4393038)
Wasn't the Giants opener on RH last year?

Negative. That was their second game. Furthermore, I am pretty sure that it was a 1pm start, meaning that fans had a shot at getting home before sundown.
   41. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM (#4393042)
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said "We are the NFL. All must bow before us. We play football, a man's game. Baseball is for faggots."


Fixed.
   42. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 20, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4393132)
Bear in mind too that the Orioles have a sizeable Jewish fanbase too. Most would miss a Thursday afternoon game, since services on the first day of RH typically don't conclude until 1pm at the earliest.

So WWSD, Jason? Give them each half a game on Thursday night?
   43. OsunaSakata Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:00 PM (#4393146)
I've also heard the suggestion that the Ravens open on the road instead of at home the same Thursday night.
   44. Bob Tufts Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4393147)
It has always bothered me that people that claim to be religious are more upset with a damned sporting event than observing the High Holy Days.
   45. SOLockwood Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:15 PM (#4393156)
I think the NFL gets something from the federal government in exchange for never having friday games.


The Sports Television Broadcasting Act -- which provides an anti-trust exemption for sports leagues to have a joint TV contract -- has a restriction on the NFL playing games on Friday & Saturday during the high school & college season.
   46. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM (#4393157)
If I'm the O's and MLB I hold out for 300 mil to make myself whole
   47. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4393158)
Just play the football game on Wednesday. Something like 0.1% of the worlds population is Jewish; there is no need to schedule around RH.
   48. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:19 PM (#4393160)
And Sorry bob, you are one of my favorite posters here, wouldn't want to annoy you.
   49. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 20, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4393162)
michael silver's take on this was particularly childish.
   50. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: March 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM (#4393308)
michael silver's take on this was particularly childish.

Oh god was it ever. I'll summarize: "Baseball sucks, and Roger Goodell should use his bulging muscles to settle this issue to his liking."
   51. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM (#4393314)
michael silver's take on this was particularly childish.


I've read Plaschke, Simers, Mariotti, Chass, CHB, and other hack columnists. I've listened to Jim Rome and other loudmouth jackass sports radio hosts. Yet that column by Silver easily ranks as one of the douchiest sports related things I've ever read/heard.
   52. bigglou115 Posted: March 21, 2013 at 01:00 AM (#4393317)
michael silver's take on this was particularly childish.


You know, I can forgive him his point. A ton of football fans seem to think that baseball is some dried up old game nobody cares about and pay no attention to the facts (like the FACT that if the city has to choose a horse its going to choose the team with 81 home games).

But his tone is like the prick writing for the high school newspaper who is completely convinced that he's the smartest guy in the room who sees things nobody else does.
   53. bigglou115 Posted: March 21, 2013 at 01:04 AM (#4393318)
There are times, however, when Goodell's 'Get with the program or get run over' sensibilities can be something around which the entire NFL community can rally. And as fate would have it, he was presented Monday with one of those golden opportunities, as if he were a cleanup hitter and Bud Selig's face was tattooed on a hanging curve ball.

Essentially, the Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball are standing in the way of the NFL's plans to hold its Thursday night season opener at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens.

And with all due (dis)respect to the displaced national pastime, it's time for the Sheriff of Park Avenue to walk all over Selig, his MLB counterpart.


There should not be a third phone call to Selig. At best, he should get a text message saying, "BTW Ravens are hosting opener at 830 on Sept 5. Your move lol."


I'm gonna go ahead and post the worst parts so nobody is tempted to click through.
   54. bigglou115 Posted: March 21, 2013 at 01:27 AM (#4393324)
^ that's from the Silver piece btw, not the linked article.
   55. akrasian Posted: March 21, 2013 at 01:42 AM (#4393327)
And with all due (dis)respect to the displaced national pastime, it's time for the Sheriff of Park Avenue to walk all over Selig, his MLB counterpart.

Well, let me see. The Orioles have a contract for the parking. The shared employees work 10 times as many games for the Orioles as for the Ravens, so if they want to keep working the more lucrative job they would side with the Orioles. If I were the Orioles, I would run a dollar a ticket promotion for that day, at least for the cheap seats, so that all of the parking would be filled up. None of which would violate any contracts, but which would totally mess up the Ravens' and NFL season opener. And then I would point out publically that maybe next time the NFL shouldn't act like it was above the law.

Or maybe the NFL could move its opener from a day that they knew had a conflict. Why should MLB feel pressured to violate its own contracts with the MLBPA, just for the NFL's convenience?

   56. Russ Posted: March 21, 2013 at 06:37 AM (#4393349)
Or maybe the NFL could move its opener from a day that they knew had a conflict. Why should MLB feel pressured to violate its own contracts with the MLBPA, just for the NFL's convenience?



Well, to be fair, the NFL has no problem violating contracts with and has no respect for the NFLPA, so this may just be a difference in management cultures.

   57. TerpNats Posted: March 21, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4393388)
Hey, if Cuban Pete still claims the Orioles have all these fans in the Washington area, why not move the game to Nationals Park? Of course, you'd then run into a situation where the Chisox (three games in D.C. in April) would have slightly more familiarity with the ballpark this year than the Orioles (two games in D.C. in late May).
   58. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 21, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4393400)
Hey, if Cuban Pete still claims the Orioles have all these fans in the Washington area, why not move the game to Nationals Park?


You could also have the Ravens play at Washington's stadium, couldn't you?
   59. bunyon Posted: March 21, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4393411)
i> If I were the Orioles, I would run a dollar a ticket promotion for that day, at least for the cheap seats, so that all of the parking would be filled up. None of which would violate any contracts, but which would totally mess up the Ravens' and NFL season opener. And then I would point out publically that maybe next time the NFL shouldn't act like it was above the law.</i>

You left out, sign Steve Trachsel to pitch so the game is in the 7th inning at 8:30.
   60. Spivey Posted: March 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4393424)
The Orioles will probably play hardball, the NFL will pay them a bunch of money, and the baseball game will likely be moved is my guess.
   61. Nasty Nate Posted: March 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM (#4393426)
If I were the Orioles, I would run a dollar a ticket promotion for that day, at least for the cheap seats, so that all of the parking would be filled up. None of which would violate any contracts, but which would totally mess up the Ravens' and NFL season opener.


The problem is you would be antagonizing your own city and fanbase.
   62. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: March 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4393538)
The problem is you would be antagonizing your own city and fan base.



Hopefully, the O's will drive a hard bargain and reach some arrangement and spin it as "The last thing we want to do is cause our fans or fans of the Ravens, any undo inconvenience. And we want to give the great sports fans of Baltimore the opportunity to go to both games if they wish." But this seems like a lot to ask from Angelos' orginazation.
   63. Cris E Posted: March 21, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4393649)
The $3 seats paired with cheap parking would bring in the football fans who just want a place to park and hang out until their game starts. It'd be an alternative tailgate experience. At that point they'd be happy, the O's would be happy and the only group put out would be the owners of the Ravens. I say pull that trigger immediately.
   64. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: March 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4393678)
Speaking of the Orioles and D.C., whoever scheduled the Battle of the Beltways this year is an absolute moron. They knocked it down to just four games, and they're all Monday through Thursday! That really ticks me off.
   65. OsunaSakata Posted: March 21, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4393759)
Speaking of the Orioles and D.C., whoever scheduled the Battle of the Beltways this year is an absolute moron. They knocked it down to just four games, and they're all Monday through Thursday! That really ticks me off.


It's the same thing for all the great regional rivalries. Mets-Yankees, Giants-A's, Astros-Rockies, etc.
   66. SOLockwood Posted: March 21, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4393769)
Speaking of the Orioles and D.C., whoever scheduled the Battle of the Beltways this year is an absolute moron. They knocked it down to just four games, and they're all Monday through Thursday! That really ticks me off.

It's the same thing for all the great regional rivalries. Mets-Yankees, Giants-A's, Astros-Rockies, etc.


Notice that all the rivalry games are on the same dates? The league probably did that so as to make the first year of 15-team leagues easier to schedule.
   67. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: March 21, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4393817)
It's the same thing for all the great regional rivalries. Mets-Yankees, Giants-A's, Astros-Rockies, etc.


Yes, Astros-Rockies. What Astros fan can forgive Colorado for having those good schools that lured Mike Hampton away? The bitterness endures.
Still, it's a better rivalry than Astros-Rangers.

As for the Ravens, maybe they can play in Milwaukee? Or would that be Green Bay?
   68. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: March 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4393826)
There are times, however, when Goodell's 'Get with the program or get run over' sensibilities can be something around which the entire NFL community can rally. And as fate would have it, he was presented Monday with one of those golden opportunities, as if he were a cleanup hitter and Bud Selig's face was tattooed on a hanging curve ball.

Selig's actually way better at getting things done (and getting them to stick), right?
   69. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: March 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4393970)
As for the Ravens, maybe they can play in Milwaukee? Or would that be Green Bay?

Or maybe, as the team that isn't flying into town that day, they can play the afternoon game...
   70. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4394536)
The NFL has moved the Ravens game to the road. This makes me far happier than it should.

   71. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM (#4394750)
Agreed Jose, it's fun to see the NFL lose out, though they may plan some party in baltimore that night as a pre game thing, (concert possibly) my guess is it starts t 7:05 eastern time.
   72. bigglou115 Posted: March 23, 2013 at 02:11 AM (#4394841)
Selig's actually way better at getting things done (and getting them to stick), right?


Yeah, it is kind of silly to compare the two in terms of "getting stuff done." Just off the top of my head Selig has gotten inter league play, and expanded playoffs (twice) in a much older and settled league. Off the top of my head Goodell has... strengthened the player's union?
   73. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 23, 2013 at 03:22 AM (#4394851)
Also, Selig seems to generally have the respect of the players and they don't have any major complaints about him or the way he runs things. Goodell on the other hand...
   74. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4417912)
Haha, NFL schedule comes out today. Ravnes open on the road in Denver.

EDIT: Oh, Jose beat me to it several weeks ago. But still..HA HA.
   75. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4417925)
It's a really good thing the Rockies have an off day on the 4th....
   76. hokieneer Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4418215)
The NFL has moved the Ravens game to the road. This makes me far happier than it should.


So the tradition is to reward the previous champs with a home prime time game to open the season (almost always on Thursday). So instead of the NFL scheduling a Wednesday or Sunday primetime home opener, or even giving the Ravens the 4pm national slot at home, the NFL decides to send them 3/4 of the way across the country to play in one of the more difficult settings in the league.

If I didn't know any better, I would swear the NFL doesn't give a #### about "rewarding" the Ravens.

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