NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday said that there is "no resolution yet" to the Sept. 5 scheduling conflict between the Ravens and the Orioles, but he "did express optimism that an accommodation can be reached," according to Wilson & Zrebiec of the Baltimore SUN. Goodell said, “People are working toward trying to find a solution that will work for everybody. We recognize that this wasn't something that baseball or the Orioles asked for. They've been very cooperative in trying to work out a solution. We're both trying to compromise to say, 'How can we do this so the fans of Baltimore can have a really special day with an Orioles game in the afternoon and a Ravens celebration at night for their Super Bowl championship?' I'm hopeful that will happen." Zrebiec notes the opponent for the Ravens' season-opener "still hasn’t been announced, but the leading candidates are believed to be" the Patriots, Steelers, Texans and Packers. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft recently said that he "expected his team to open the season in Baltimore" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 3/20). SI's Peter King wrote on his Twitter feed, "Don't blame O's for not moving game after Bal+Chisox both on road previous night. My solution: Sat day-night DH."
The Vikings are "already busy coordinating efforts across all fronts" for the team's Sept. 29 NFL Int'l Series game against the Steelers in London, according to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Vikings C John Sullivan, OT Matt Kalil, S Harrison Smith and TE Kyle Rudolph will "head to both London and Ireland next week, traveling to multiple cities to begin generating buzz for the game." In addition, Vikings Entertainment Network "continues ironing out details for a partnership with the UK’s Sky Network, aiming to deliver a steady feed of Vikings-related programming leading up to September." The team "already has made the decision to fly to London on Sept. 23 -- the Monday before the game -- hoping to quickly adjust to the time difference while smoothly transitioning into game preparation mode." The Vikings are "hoping to bring at least some of the Mall of America Field experience to England." Vikings VP/Sales & Marketing and CMO Steve LaCroix: "We’re even talking about shipping the gjallarhorn. I’m pretty sure it won’t quite fit in the overhead. But it’s all part of our effort to bring our brand over there" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/21).