With the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, the NFL will presumably open up the 2013 NFL season with a Thursday night national TV game in Baltimore on September 5th. The defending champion normally has a bone thrown their way in that the open the season in that manner before a national TV audience. MLB has a similar tradition with the defending champion opening up at home on a Sunday night, however in the past few seasons they’ve seemed to have gone away from that. St. Louis got the normal primetime opener (as the defending champion) last year, however it was as a visitor in the first game at the new Marlins’ stadium. This year MLB has decided to feature the new “AL rivalry,” the Rangers vs. Astros, as opposed to giving the San Francisco Giants the Sunday night opener as the defending champion.

That aside, if the NFL keeps it’s normal modus operandi in terms of scheduling, that September 5th game will interfere with a Baltimore Orioles game that’s already on the schedule. The O’s, who will have just returned from Cleveland the night before, are scheduled to open a four-game set with the Chicago White Sox that night at 7 PM. Needless to say, you can’t have a baseball game at 7:00 and a football game at 8:30 in the same complex.