NFL: Ravens forced to play Thursday opener on road

Saturday March 23, 2013 10:49 AM
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Consider this a rare example of the NFL not getting its way.

Instead of the Baltimore Ravens celebrating their Super Bowl title with a home game, they will start the 2013 season on the road because Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Orioles wouldn’t budge.

The NFL likes to have its reigning champion open at home and wanted to have the Ravens play on Thursday, Sept. 5. But with the Orioles already scheduled to play host to the Chicago White Sox next door that evening, and the leagues and teams unable to reach a compromise, the NFL announced yesterday that the Ravens will have to play somewhere else.

The Ravens and Orioles play at adjacent stadiums and share a parking lot, so they avoid playing at the same time because of traffic problems.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would like to set up some sort of Super Bowl celebration in Baltimore that night, perhaps including a pregame concert, even if the Ravens aren’t in town.

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