Posted March 22, 2013

Baltimore Orioles announce they will not change date of Sept. 5 game

MLB, NFL

The Baltimore Orioles have released a statement announcing that they will not move the date of their Sept. 5 game against the White Sox. The date for the game was also supposed to be the Ravens home opener. The statement claims both parties explored other options and compromises but could not find one.

Hosting the NFL regular-season opener at home is an honor traditionally bestowed upon the Super Bowl Champions. The tradition that has not been broken in the last decade will likely end with the Ravens. The NFL was expected to announce the Ravens’ opponent for the Sept. 5 opener, but scheduling conflicts with the Orioles, who also have a Sept. 5 game in Baltimore, complicated the plans.

While the Orioles did have the Sept. 5 date scheduled against the White Sox, it was expected that to accommodate the NFL and the Ravens. The Ravens made several propositions to compromise, but there are overriding concerns about parking, traffic and crowd congestion.

Now the reigning Super Bowl Champions will open on the road Thursday night instead. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he would prefer to open on the road Thursday than at home on another night.

The complete statement from the Baltimore Orioles:

“The Orioles have great respect for the Super Bowl Champion Ravens and thank Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the White Sox for doing everything possible to work with us to explore all options to reschedule the September 5 game. We also appreciate the work of the NFL and the Ravens over the past several weeks as we attempted to accommodate the Ravens’ interest in a game the same evening. Given the limited options available to reschedule the game at that late date in the season, the parties jointly determined that even an earlier start time would still create such enormous logistical difficulties that it would greatly diminish the fan experience for both events which all parties realized would not be in the interest of their fans or the City.”

In response, the Baltimore Ravens official Twitter announced that the Ravens will officially open on the road due to a scheduling conflict.


25 comments
renee
renee

Thank you Orioles!  Why should you sacrifice a scheduled stretch run home game for a meaningless, pussified NFL "game".  Not than anything the NFL puts on the filed is meaningful anymore.  Goodell's new patty-cake rugby form of football is a joke. 

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

LOL.....Peter Angelos becomes even more hated in Baltimore.....

 

No one in Baltimore will be watching the O's game anyway if the Ravens are playing anyway......so why not move the game to the afternoon??

TheStub
TheStub

This has nothing to do with the Orioles and everything to do with the NFL throwing a hissy fit.  c'mon now.  You just wanted to try to flex your muscle and push MLB around.  Well, they weren't having any of that and now you are crying like a baby.  

 

Can someone give me one good reason why the NFL cannot play a game on Wednesday?  And don't give me the Jewish Holiday thing.  When has a religious holiday ever stopped the NFL from doing anything?  Are you telling me that having the game on Wednesday is going to result in fewer fans at the game or watching on TV?  Bull Bleep.

Fifilo
Fifilo

There is trivia, then there's this.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

Orioles will have a miserable 2013 season due to their bad karma - oh, and bad team. 2012 was an aberration. It's back to being loveable losers. 

RS1022
RS1022

The first game will either be at Denver OR Pittsburgh...

 

Remember, the point of the opening game isn't about being fair to the Ravens, it is about getting the best television ratings possible... What opponents have by far the best National television appeal? Denver (Div rematch, Peyton) OR Pit (Rivalry, Nationally popular team)

 

Look at their other road opponents:

*>CIN: Has the same conflict as Ravans

*>Clev: Is Cleveland

*>Buf: Is Buffalo

*>Det: Public is already forced to watch them every Thanksgiving

*>Chi: Big market, ok team, outside chance they go there

*>Mia: If Balt can lobby where to play, this is probably the weakest team NFL would allow

VincentWolf
VincentWolf

Sharing a stadium.  Tsk Tsk low class.

ub3r_n3rd
ub3r_n3rd

Stupid MLB, don't they know that the NFL is 100x more popular? They'd gain some respect if they switched their schedule to a double-header or moved one of their 200 games per season back or forward a day.

Mike26
Mike26

 @renee Yeah, that's why MLB and the National Body Art League are fighting for the #3 spot in American sports behind pro AND college football.  

 

Some people like rene just don't live in reality....

HectorMendez
HectorMendez

@fmfrijoles 17k people showed up to tonight's game lol. NO ONE watched them. Good job angelos making everyone hate you more.

Scramble
Scramble

 @fmfrijoles What if the game went to thirty innings. I think there is some kind of MLB rule that a team flying in that morning can't play an afternoon game.

Mike26
Mike26

 @TheStub Yup, attitudes like yours are why baseball is fighting for the #3 spot in US sports.

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

 @VincentWolf Camden Yards and M&T Stadium are separate......but they share parking lots between the two of them....this is common in many cities where multiple Stadiums are located next to one another....Like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, etc.

MattJanosko
MattJanosko

 @ub3r_n3rd More like stupid NFL and their sense of entitlement. Good for them that those mindless 'roided out goons had to play second fiddle for once

Azeron
Azeron

 @ub3r_n3rd Ummm...no they wouldn't.  They garner the most resepect by refusing to move the game.

ub3r_n3rd
ub3r_n3rd

 @MattJanosko Really you are going to play that card? Tell me who lied before Congress about PED's? Oh that's right it was the MLB stars of the 90's! "Mindless roided out goons' indeed.  You tell me which sport is more popular and that will tell you which one should reschedule.

Scramble
Scramble

 @Azeron  @ub3r_n3rd It's much more difficult to schedule 162 games than sixteen. They might be in a playoff contention and would throw off their pitching rotation. After Flaccocide, we won't even have the same Ravens team on the field.

MattJanosko
MattJanosko

 @ub3r_n3rd MLB players are the one's in the deepest crap because everyone turns a blind eye to the NFL and college simply because it's football...and it's blatantly obvious and disturbing how of an unhealthy obsession this country has with football. What I posted earlier is very relevant to your comment.

 

I didn't use "roided out" as if MLB is completely clean...they aren't....I used "roided out" referring to the NFL and how they have a much bigger problem with PED use that nobody wants to look at because it's football...and, trust me, the NFL has a much bigger PED rate of use than MLB and cycling. It's right before your eyes.

 

If MLB moved their game so the National Felon League could play a game in the name of gaining more popularity then that's a false popularity....just like how the NFL's popularity is really a farce, too, because most "fans" are only fans of being fans and not the game itself. Most are stupid and easily led mindless automatons who just follow the crowd and have no idea what they are watching in the first place. A Stanford study of the 4 major sports several years ago basically proved this.

 

And you've also been misled greatly. I won't question whether the NFL is the most popular sport in the U.S. (HOWEVER unlike the NHL, NBA and MLB, nobody really cares about "American" football outside of this country) baseball is still very popular and second most popular sport and their yearly revenues were estimated $7.5 billion in 2012 while the NFL's was an estimated $9.5...so the NFL is not WAY more lucrative as  you illustrate. The NFL really isn't that much more than marginally ahead of MLB in revenue.

 

Regardless, the popularity of the NFL is a byproduct of the dumbing down of society. Baseball takes more time and requires much more skill thus making it harder so people tend to flock to what is easier and perfect for a national attention deficit disorder. It's just like popular music in America today....rap, a form of "music" that requires no skill or true musicianship in the form of learning a musical instrument, is more popular than other forms of music that require a person to learn a musical instrument and have true musical talent. Football is rap....baseball is a symphony.

ub3r_n3rd
ub3r_n3rd

 @MattJanoskoSeriously? Read my dang post before you go all holier than thou you moron. I didn't infer anything other than to say that MLB players were the ones who are in the deepest crap over PED's because they lied before Congress. I know that a lot of athletic stars regardless of sport use PED's, my first point was that you tried to use the "rhoided out" bit as if MLB is clean in the whole mess. My second point was that the NFL is a much more popular and profitable sport than MLB, so if MLB wanted to earn a little more respect from the fans of the NFL (such as myself) that they'd be more accommodating with their schedule and do a double-header for the O's so that the NFL can kick off their season on time and in the right location. Thus, with that small gesture and easy fix it would actually help out MLB as a whole. It's really that simple dude.

MattJanosko
MattJanosko

 @ub3r_n3rd  @MattJanosko  Maybe I should play the delusional card as you? Or how about the bury my head in the sand like an ostrich card, also? Obviously it works for you.

 

How many tests did Brett Favre fail while being addicted to pain killers? None....and no suspensions, either.

 

How many drug tests did Ricky Williams fail before the public was finally informed of a failed test? 4.

 

Michael Vick never tested positive for marijuana....yet he decided to start smoking weed while awaiting sentencing for federal dog fighting charges? Even he isn't that stupid and was puffing long before. Yeah, pot isn't performance enhancing....but it's tested for by the NFL's drug testing program so it's one of countless other illustrations of how their "testing" program is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

 

Ray Lewis never failed a test or was suspended.

 

4 players on the Carolina Panthers after the Super Bowl XXXVIII were outed for testing positive for steroids....conveniently mentioned by the NFL only AFTER the Super Bowl despite testing positive BEFORE the Super Bowl and completely ignored by the media after.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor busted for illegally prescribing HGH to patients (again, conveniently after Super Bowl XL)....and it was completely swept under the rug and forgotten. Are you that naive to think he wasn't giving it to players, too?

 

How many tests did Bill Romanowksi fail? None, despite being involved with BALCO and also stating publicly that over 3/4 of the teams he played on were definitely using and he suspected basically all were using. There were other NFL players involved with BALCO...but apparently they weren't "noteworthy." The only concern was MLB.

 

....and on and on and on. Wake up, dude. Doesn't matter if you like the NFL and it's your favorite sport.....just don't ignore reality.

 

As for MLB lying and the NFL never lying as you infer....the NFL never got a chance to lie to Congress because they were treated with kid gloves. The NFL stated exactly what everyone wanted to hear and was free to walk away. Even now there isn't any public and Congressional pressure for them to institute blood testing.....yet both have been all over MLB since 2003.

MattJanosko
MattJanosko

 @Mike26  @ub3r_n3rd so, by that analogy, you're saying one should like things because others like them? Sounds like you only like the NFL because it's popular. That's a great philosophy......ever try liking something because you actually like it? Are you gonna jump off a bridge because others do?