Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
The NFL and Major League Baseball are engaged in a staring contest, and no one is blinking yet.
The location of the NFL's traditional Thursday night season opener is in flux, commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Monday at the league's annual meeting.
For 10 years, the defending Super Bowl champion has played host to the season opener on the Thursday before Week 1's Sunday games.
This year, that's the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 5. But that same night the Baltimore Orioles baseball team is scheduled to play a home game against the Chicago White Sox. The logistical conflict is that the two Baltimore teams' venues -- Camden Yards (Orioles) and M&T Stadium (Ravens) -- are adjacent and share parking lots, thus the two teams cannot play at the same time.