It’s easy to blame the Orioles for a lot of things over the last 15 years. Standing in the way of the Ravens opening at home Thursday, September 5th is not one of them.
This is not an Orioles decision, at least not solely. It is also a White Sox decision. Both teams are traveling from out of town the night before. MLB doesn’t schedule teams with day games after traveling to a new city. So, the two teams and union would have to approve.
What is the incentive for the White Sox to do the NFL a favor? There is none. Plus, there is the loss of gate revenue and TV revenue swapping a night game for a day game. Doing a double-header later that weekend, besides the revenue issue, is not something either team would want to do because it messes up their rotation.
I agree it’s too bad if the Ravens can’t play on Thursday at home, but it’s far too easy to point the finger at the Orioles.