Ravens might open season on the road

March 18, 2013

Since 2004, the reigning Super Bowl champion has opened defense of its Lombardi Trophy at home in a midweek prime-time season opener.

That might not be the case this year.

The team’s website announced Monday that a projected Thursday night season-opener on September 5 at M&T Bank Stadium is in jeopardy because of a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles play at home the same day and share the same stadium parking lot as the Ravens for Camden Yards.

Moving the Ravens game to a Wednesday night on September 4 was ruled out as an option because the game would fall upon the Jewish religious holiday Rosh Hashanah. The Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961 passed by Congress would prohibit a Friday night or Saturday opener because of a conflict with high school and college football games (the NFL can hold Friday night and Saturday games once the high school and college regular seasons have ended).

The Baltimore Sun reported that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to find a compromise with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Besides their division opponents, the Ravens will host New England, Houston, Minnesota, Green Bay and the New York Jets in 2013. Baltimore’s non-division road opponents are Buffalo, Miami, Chicago, Detroit and Denver.