Here's what I see:
The NFL is the big draw. Some feel that means they should have priority. They want Thursday night and if the couldn't get Thursday night, they forced the Ravens to open on the road. And blamed MLB.
The NFL are bullies.
The NFL only just started this so-called tradition of Super Bowl winners starting on Thursday night at home 11 years ago, 2002. For 26 of 27 years previous, the SB winners got the first Monday Night game. The exception was 2001 when it should have been the ... wait for it ... Ravens. But they started MNF at Denver with the Giants, who lost that Super Bowl and claimed that they wasn't any tradition. They NFL does not like Baltimore in the league.
Last year they moved the opener to Wednesday night for President Obama's acceptance speech at the DNC. Show of hands. who watched that. Ok. Yeah, that's what I thought.
So why not Wednesday this year? Oh Rosh Hashana! Can't violate a Jewish holiday. Unless it lands on Sunday. And if Christmas lands on a Sunday, or Saturday, or Thursday, or Monday, they play football.
So. so much for that excuse.
To move the baseball game to a double header may affect the pennant race for either Baltimore or Chicago or both. Or neither. But in March who knows? And to move it to a day game require moving around not just one game but three games! The games the night before in Cleveland and New York also need to become day games. The requires approval of MLB, MLBPA, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees.
I have heard Football fans cry, "It's all about the Ravens fans." OK If that's so then isn't it up to the Ravens to accommodate their fans? They should have moved it to Wednesday. Or gotten special permission to play Friday (against Federal law) or Saturday night.
Yeah. They tick me off.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
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