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Tue., March 19, 2013

The NFL won’t add playoff teams for 2013, commissioner Roger Goodell said, and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens could open on the road because of a conflict with the Orioles. Traditionally, the season has opened with the Super Bowl winners at home on the Thursday night after Labor Day. The Ravens won’t have that opportunity unless baseball’s Orioles, who share parking lots with the Ravens, will move their night game Sept. 5 to the afternoon. So far, there’s been no progress, and Sept. 4 is not an option because it’s the first night of Rosh Hashanah. Goodell twice has spoken with his MLB counterpart, Bud Selig, seeking a solution. “Unfortunately, the only (other) option is to take the Ravens on the road,” Goodell said. – AP


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