There is a good chance the Super Bowl champions will have to play their season opener on the road because the Baltimore Orioles refuse to reschedule their Sept. 5 game.
The NFL has given the reigning Super Bowl champs from the previous season the honor of kicking off the regular season on their home turf. However, the Baltimore Ravens have found themselves in quite the pickle after negotiations with the Orioles have stalled.
The following are posts from Ravens’ official Twitter account:
“League source says there’s a chance #Ravens may not open at home on Thursday Night Football due to scheduling conflict with Orioles.”
“League source said there’s a chance #Ravens could have to open on the road on TNF. Said that’s the ‘least desirable’ outcome.”
The problem is the city cannot handle traffic congestion that would result from both teams playing at the same time. Considering M&T Bank Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are less than a mile away from each other, the possibility of both games ending around the same time is something the city of Baltimore would like to avoid at all costs.
It would be very disappointing to see the Ravens forced to start the season on the road after they earned the right to celebrate with their fans. Unfortunately, the Orioles have rejected several proposals made by the Ravens, according to Baltimore Sun columnist Jeff Zrebiec.
Feedback from fans in Baltimore has been harsh on social media web sites. Fans of both teams are overwhelmingly siding with the Ravens on this one as the team is clearly in the right in this situation. I understand that Major League Baseball screwed up with the scheduling, but the Orioles have the opportunity to make it right and support their fellow professional sports team.
The commissioners of both leagues have supposedly discussed the issue in length, but no decision has been revealed yet.