We’re only one game into the NFL season, and we’ve already seen Major League Baseball affect the schedule, as the Ravens opened on the road instead of at home because of a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles. Now baseball may cause another change to the schedule.
The Chargers and Raiders are scheduled to meet in Oakland on Sunday, October 6. But the Raiders share the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland A’s, who appear headed for the baseball playoffs. Which means the Raiders’ stadium may be otherwise occupied on that date.
According to U-T San Diego, the solution is likely to be moving that October 6 Chargers-Raiders game to San Diego, and then moving the December 22 Chargers-Raiders game from San Diego to Oakland.
The NFL says it’s too early to announce anything.
“We monitor the baseball playoff situation every year,” a league spokesman said. “If there is any change to our schedule, we would announce it at the appropriate time.”
The earlier the NFL can announce it, the sooner fans who have tickets to either of this year’s Chargers-Raiders game can adjust their schedules accordingly. So if the A’s are going to kick the Raiders out of their stadium on October 6, the NFL should figure out its contingency plan as soon as possible.