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Rescheduled Ravens kickoff poses problems for fans on New Year’s Eve

December 28th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The NFL has thrown a wrench into the plans for Baltimore Ravens fans and New Year’s Eve revelers with the decision to delay the kickoff of Sunday’s final regular-season game.

The Baltimore Sun reports the league bumped the kickoff from 1 p.m. back to 4:25 p.m. so that multiple games that could decide playoff berths — including the Ravens’ home game against the Cincinnati Bengals — are all played at the same time. But now the game will run into end-of-the-year dinners and parties.

The game is one of five being moved to later kickoffs. Now all of Sunday’s games are to be played in the afternoon. There will be no Sunday night showcase game.

Howard Katz, the NFL’s senior vice president for broadcasting, said that reshuffling start times to place all the games in the afternoon was “the most fair thing to do” both “from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective.”

But the move is causing problems for fans — and also for bars and restaurants, which are now figuring out how to squeeze a football game and New Year’s Eve celebrations into a shorter window of time.

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