The Orioles were in Cleveland the night before, and the White Sox were in New York. Cleveland is closer to Baltimore than Detroit for what that's worth. CLE to BWI is about 1:10 non-stop. Both flight routes were WELL under 1.5 hours. BWI to DET can be estimated at 1:30 non-stop. Fly a little faster and you can push it under 1:30.
Truth is... the Orioles simply wanted no part of moving their game time to accomodate the Ravens. Despite the fact that they would have likely drawn twice the "17,000 tickets sold" for the game they eventually played Thursday night... had they seen fit to make it part of some sort of Baltimore Sports festival day, and cross-promoted with the Ravens. Offer discounted concessions or something to anyone with Ravens garb or a Ravens ticket. Have some Ravens players throw out the first pitch. Maybe bring back some '83 Orioles too. Market! And the NFL COULD have very easily played the game Wednesday night... with no ratings impact... and likely would have found a way to accomodate a "marquee" franchise if say... the Cowboys were opening as defending champs the same day the Rangers had a home game. The fault lies everywhere with that one...
The Cardinals hosted a WS game AT THE SAME TIME that the Rams played a MNF game last year... and those two stadiums sit about 1/3 of a mile farther apart than the Orioles and Ravens stadiums. In a crowded downtown setting. Next time you're on I-95 look three 1/10th-of-a-mile markers ahead... and that's how much farther apart the St. Louis stadiums are than the Baltimore stadiums. Virtually insignificant, right? If the Orioles had wanted to be flexible, they could have moved the game up and there would have been about a 1% chance of a parking lot nightmare that evening if the game ran VERY long. A chance most Baltimore fans would have gladly taken... If the NFL wanted to be flexible, the game could have also been played Wednesday. And Bisciotti could have fought the issue more... but instead agreed to other "favorable schedule concessions" to make up for it.
Edited by Ravens2006, 05 April 2014 - 10:12 PM.
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