Found March 19, 2013 on XLJournal:
The Ravens are the most recent Super Bowl champions and a lot of their fans and NFL journalists are complaining and reporting that they might not play their first regular season game at home next year. Well you know what, stop complaining. I understand that Baltimore wants to play its first game at home because it won the Super Bowl, but why does it really matter? Granted, the NHL and the NBA’s most recent champions did play their first games of the current regular season at home, but why is that necessary if you won the most recent championship? The last MLB team to play its first game of the regular season at home after it won the World Series was Philadelphia back in 2009. Since then, the Yankees (2009 champions), Giants (2010 and 2012 champions), and Cardinals (2011 champions) have all played the first game of the following regular season on the road. Did they complained about it as much as the Ravens fans have this year? N. The ceremony to commemorate Baltimore’s recent Super Bowl win won’t last longer than an hour, and if it does, it is to long. As a result, does that mean the NFL should pull some strings and force the MLB to change its schedule so the Ravens can not only play at home, but also host the first regular season game? No. The issue deals with the September 5th game between the Orioles and White Sox in Baltimore. The main problem revolves around how the Orioles and Ravens share the same parking lots for their respective stadiums. As a result, the NFL wants the MLB to either reschedule this game or move it to earlier in the day (it is currently scheduled for 7:05pm EST). The MLB is pessimistic about this idea, and that is totally understandable. Last season, the Giants had a similar problem when the first Thursday of the regular season was the final night of the Democratic National Convention. As a result, New York hosted Dallas on that Wednesday. Baltimore can’t do this because Wednesday September 4th is Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and the NFL doesn’t want to schedule the first game of the regular season on that day. Congrats to the Ravens, they won the Super Bowl. But winning the Super Bowl doesn’t mean they have to host the first game of the entire regular season, does it? No, because there is a simple way to fix this and that involves the Ravens playing on the road during week 1. Dear the Baltimore Ravens football team and its fans, You just won the Super Bowl, stop complaining about not being able to play your first game at home. Sincerely, David Lauterbach Follow me on twitter: @MrLauterbachXLJ
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  • Since 2004 and a small tv market wins the title and it has to be changed. What most people don't know is that it is a scheduling conflict with the O's. Tell people that and they may not complain as much.

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