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Ravens Won’t Play Season Opener on Rosh Hashanah

By: JTA

The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league’s season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball’s Baltimore Orioles forced a scheduling change.

With the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles’ Camden Yards situated next to each other and sharing parking lots, the games cannot be played simultaneously.

NFL bylaws dictate that the game should be moved up a day — in this case it would be to Sept. 4, the first evening of Rosh Hashanah. But according to the Ravens website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens President Dick Cass said that moving the Ravens game to Wednesday is not up for consideration because of the Jewish New Year.

Possible outcomes include the Ravens and Orioles playing a baseball-football doubleheader on Sept. 4 — the second night of Rosh Hashanan — or the Ravens opening on the road. As league champions, the Ravens earned the right to open the season at home.

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers played host to the Detroit Lions on Rosh Hashanah, on a Sunday night, in the season opener for both teams—and you know who lost the Super Bowl.

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5 Responses to “Ravens Won’t Play Season Opener on Rosh Hashanah”

  1. I sure the motivation is fear of too many empty seats in the stadium and nothing more.

  2. Wendy Werner says:

    Very nice to hear. I wish they had done this when I owned Ravens PSL’s.

  3. Is this really about not playing on the jewish new year? The nfl doesn't have a problem with playing on Christmas eve or Christmas day. And mlb doesn't have a problem plobem playing on good friday or easter sunday

  4. Henry Lam says:

    Yes the Niners lost because they played on a jewish holiday…
    Get over yourselves.

  5. PJ Smith says:

    It is really a matter of commitment to ones faith, and the impact tha tit has on economics. Since most Jews in America do not observe their Sabbath there is no objection to all sports or businesses doing their thing on Friday night and Saturday. The majority of Jews in America do somewhat observe their high holy days it impacts attendance and therefore revenue. If Christians in America would observe their high holidays i.e. Christmas, Good Friday, Easter in the same manner of attending services, not working, enjoying the day at home with family. The sports leagues would for sure suspend their schedules on these days as the only attendees would be the Jewish fans which would not even give them a break even for the day.

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