NFL opts to stick with Thursday night for season opener in Baltimore

March 15, 2013

Quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens are slated to host the NFL season opener, likely Sept. 5 (Associated Press)

The NFL’s season-opening game in September in Baltimore will be played on a Thursday night, after all.

The league has ruled out playing a second straight Wednesday night season opener because of a conflict with Rosh Hashanah, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, left open the possibility of another Wednesday opener. The NFL moved last season’s opener, hosted by the New York Giants, to a Wednesday, instead of the now-traditional Thursday night, to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

So the Ravens, the defending Super Bowl champions, apparently will host the season opener Sept. 5 in Baltimore. Nothing is official yet, and the Ravens’ opponent has not been announced. It’s possible there could be an announcement by the league at next week’s annual league meeting in Phoenix.

 

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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