NFL’s Roger Goodell Can’t Bully the Orioles
In this Baltimore snafu, O’s owner Peter Angelos is, somehow, the good guy.
The Baltimore airwaves, and the social media accounts of local sports fans, were abuzz on Monday when the NFL leaked a report that the Orioles were resisting the league’s attempts to reschedule their Thursday, September 5 game against the White Sox. The Ravens, as defending champions, have the honor of hosting the first game of the NFL season that happens to be the same night. Too bad the Major League Baseball schedule was announced six months ago.
Roger Goodell and his NFL minions would like you to think that this is the Orioles problem, and that Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos is the grumpy old troll whose jealousy over the Ravens’ popularity is clouding his judgment. Goodell is wrong, as he’s been so often since taking office as NFL commissioner. The scheduling controversy is the NFL’s problem and entirely of their making. The league has been aware of the MLB schedule, and any potential conflicts, for months. Angelos’ largely unpopular reign as O’s owner makes him an easy scapegoat for the high flying Ravens but it doesn’t make him guilty. Angelos may be many things but he isn’t a pushover… just ask MLB and the Washington Nationals how much fun it is to negotiate with Angelos. Goodell may have picked the wrong fight with the wrong guy this time.