Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you now know that the Ravens preseason schedule has been release, details of which you can find here.
A couple of things jump off the page upon first glance at the schedule.
- Harbowl III ~ The Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers to open their preseason schedule on August 7. The travel distance seems a bit extreme. It isn’t often that teams travel across the continent for a preseason game. Maybe the Harbaughs are hosting a family reunion in John’s new home? He is staying right?
- The Ravens will now make two trips to New Orleans in 2014 – their final preseason mop up game that will feature nothing but backups and players on the bubble. More than likely many of the established vets will stay behind. Baltimore is scheduled to play again in the Big Easy during the regular season. That’s rather unusual.
- Maybe the NFL is trying to shuffle the deck in an attempt to spark interest in the glorified practices and not feature the same preseason opponents year in and year out. The Ravens have often played the Giants, Eagles, Redskins and Falcons because of their proximity and the fact that they are in the NFC.
Some teams in the league are expected to adopt variable pricing for tickets this season. Such pricing doesn’t affect the overall cost of season ticket packages but it redistributes the face value based upon the desirability of individual games.
At the end of the day, it’s six in one hand, half dozen for season ticket holders. The tickets the Ravens hold back for individual games are sold within minutes anyway.
So why bother with this facade?
Speaking of tickets and schedules, the NFL is expected to release their regular season slate of games later this month. Last season the schedule was released on Thursday, April 18, exactly one week prior to the NFL Draft, which commenced on April 25, 2013.
However the 2014 NFL Draft will not be held until Thursday May 8 and therefore it’s possible the league will wait until April 24 or even May 1 before releasing the schedule.
The waiting is the hardest part.