Sunday Ravens game poses dilemma for fans
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Sunday's New Year's Eve showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium is posing a major dilemma for many fans.
The starting time for Sunday's game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as the NFL seeks to have all teams competing for final playoff spots play at the same time.
Jim McWee, a Ravens fan, says he does not have tickets to Sunday's game but if he had, he would sell them to someone else.
"If it was a one o'clock start time, I would consider it, but I have plans for New Year's Eve," he said.
"If you stay for the whole game, you're not going to get home until 8 or 9 o'clock, and it's going to be pretty freakin' cold outside!" said McWee.
Andrew Miller, who describes himself as a diehard Ravens fan, actually had tickets to Sunday's game, but gave them to a friend so he could attend a relative's wedding in South Carolina.
But Miller added: "If I got a chance to sit down and watch that game live, I'm going to watch it no matter what the weather."
During his Monday press briefing with sports reporters, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh was asked about the later start time for Sunday's game.
Harbaugh said: "I don't know what they're considerations are at the (NFL) league office, why they do what they do, and I really don't care.
"I hope our fans are okay with that, I hope they're into it, I hope they get there. The people who have plans, I hope they give their tickets to someone else. If they get there, I hope the place will be packed."
Harbaugh added: "I don't think the NFL did us any favors by moving (start time) back, but they don't care about us so we have to just care about ourselves, take care of our own business.
"That goes for our team, our fans and for our city. Let's go win the football game."
Jim Colison, a Ravens fan, says he does not have tickets to Sunday's game, but he says he would be willing to pay face value or less to see the game in person.