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Old March 19 2013, 09:19 AM   #102
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Re: NFL 2013 Off-Season Discussion

The Ravens might not get the traditional Super Bowl Champion Thursday night opener to kick off the season, because of a scheduling conflict with the Orioles:

There’s a strong possibility the Patriots will open the NFL season Sept. 5 at Baltimore, if a scheduling conflict can be worked out.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the team’s website Monday that he’d “be surprised” if New England didn’t take on the Ravens for the NFL Kickoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium in an AFC Championship game rematch.

But as it stands today, that wouldn’t happen.

The Orioles are scheduled to host the White Sox in the opening game of a four-game series at 7 p.m. at Camden Yards. The two stadiums share a parking lot, so the team can’t play at the same time.

The NFL is hoping MLB moves the Orioles to the afternoon. The NFL is willing to push the start later than the usual 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The article goes on to say that moving it to Wednesday wouldn't work either. So if the scheduling conflict with the Orioles can't be worked out, then I guess the alternatives would be 1) open the season with a Ravens away game (which would be against some other team besides the Patriots), or 2) open it with a matchup of two completely different teams, perhaps moving New England @ Baltimore to the Week 1 Sunday night game.
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