Source: Orioles, Ravens Still Working To Fix Scheduling Conflict
A source close to the Orioles said the club is still talking to the Ravens about their Sept. 5 scheduling conflict and are hoping for some kind of resolution, perhaps within a matter of days. The situation remains highly complex because any shift of the MLB schedule requires the approval of the league, the Orioles, the visiting White Sox and the MLBPA, with a variety of competitive and business issues at play. The league thus far has not been keen on the change, but the source said the Orioles are still trying to accommodate their neighbor.
"We're trying to work it out. There are many, many moving parts, and it's definitely not something that can just be done right away," said the source. "But the Ravens should have the kind of opener they deserve." Negotiations are ongoing between Ravens President Dick Cass and high-ranking Orioles officials. Further complicating the issue is that shifting the Orioles-White Sox from the evening to the afternoon would run afoul of provisions in the MLB CBA preventing day games after a night game in a different city.
"We certainly have empathy for the position we have put them in," said Ravens Senior VP/Public & Community Relations Kevin Byrne.