The 2013 Major League Baseball season begins in a few weeks, but the Baltimore Orioles are already 1-0 after scoring a win over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and the NFL, who announced on Friday that the Ravens will open their 2013 season on the road.
Since 2002, the winner of the Super Bowl has opened up the following regular season hosting a prime-time game on Thursday or, in the case of 2012, Wednesday night. The Ravens' ability to defend their title in similar fashion was in jeopardy as on Sept. 5, the Orioles are scheduled to host the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET in Camden Yards, which shares a parking lot with nearby M&T Bank Stadium.
The league previously ruled out playing another Wednesday night game, which was done last season to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, as Sept. 4 is the start of Rosh Hashanah. The league had explored having the Orioles move the start time of their game that night up, with the NFL pushing the start of the Ravens game to later in the evening, but ultimately the decision was made to have the Ravens open on the road.
"After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens, it became clear that holding both an Orioles' game and the Ravens' regular season opener on the same day would create logistical situations that would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams," Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement.
"The Ravens greatly appreciate the willingness of the Orioles to adjust the start of their game in an effort to make this sports spectacular happen. But, in the end, anticipated problems with parking, rush-hour traffic, plus crowd and car congestion around Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, will keep the doubleheader from taking place."
Including their three rivals in the AFC North (Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh), the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos on the road this season.
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