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Scheduling conflict may force Ravens to open season on the road

By Evan Hilbert |

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens may be forced to begin their title defense on the road. (USATSI)

The Baltimore Ravens may be forced to play away from home in the NFL season opener on Thursday night since there is a scheduling conflict, the team announced on Twitter, via a league source.

It is customary that the Super Bowl champion open the season at home on Thursday night, but a Sept. 5 scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles has endangered that tradition. The Orioles play the White Sox that night at the same downtown sports complex.

There are reports that both commissioners, Bud Selig and Roger Goodell, are communicating in hopes of finding a resolution, though nothing has been agreed upon at this time.

Furthermore, moving the game to Wednesday is not an option due to Rosh Hashanah.

"We've made contact with the Orioles," Ravens team president Dick Cass told the Baltimore Sun last month. "We recognize the issue. We are confident we can work it out with the Orioles."

It seems likely that the teams will be able to figure out some sort of agreement, since playing on the road in the opener was described as the "least desirable" option for the Ravens.

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