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Raiders and Chargers won’t swap home dates

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This time, the NFL isn’t sending teams elsewhere to accommodate baseball.

According to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, the Raiders and Chargers won’t swap home games to avoid a potential conflict with the baseball playoffs.

Instead, they’re still considering changes dates or times of existing games. As it stands, the Chargers are scheduled to go to the Oakland on Oct. 6, and the Raiders visit San Diego on Dec. 22.

But with the Oakland A’s possibly conflicting with the first date for a playoff game, there was discussion of a switch. Instead, they’re considering a time change, or possibly playing the Oct. 6 football game on Monday, Oct. 7 if need be.

Baseball has to be loving this, after not budging on the NFL’s preference to have the Ravens open at home. Instead, the defending champs started the season on the road at Denver while the Orioles played a relatively meaningless game against the White Sox.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    The underdogs bit should be interesting since there are a ton of small spread games and it would be pretty bold to pick any of the big underdogs this week. I’m guessing they will be looking at maybe Detroit and St. Louis and Cinci as teams hot under pressure to win this week. Maybe KC and San Diego will get some mentions but teams like BAL as the home team and a very small spread is too cheap to consider them an underdog.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:03 PM

    Yeah, MLB is loving this, all right.

    And then they remembered that their playoff games are mostly televised on TBS.

  3. djstat says: Sep 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    Why is the nfl budging? Screw Mlb

  4. raidadon says: Sep 19, 2013 6:17 PM

    I’d rather watch jags vs the browns then watch the World Series. Baseball is so 1900s

  5. firstclasspack says: Sep 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    What comes around goes around.

  6. 3yardsndust says: Sep 19, 2013 6:26 PM

    Baseball is like watching paint dry, only half as exciting.

  7. thetooloftools says: Sep 19, 2013 6:36 PM

    Crap vs Crap. Play both games in S.D. to avoid even more Crap in the locker rooms…ect… ect.. ect… in Oakland.

  8. kane337 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:42 PM

    Baseball kinda sux once Football season starts.

  9. borbinski says: Sep 19, 2013 6:42 PM

    MLB planned the dates around the A’s with no game possible at coliseum on Oct 6. The game will not be move to monday, the Raiders have 3 separate marketing efforts for that Sunday. Breast cancer awareness – youth cheer day and youth football day. A’s win division and get home field games will be moved to a 5:30 start, if A’s are third seed then 1 pm start on Oct 6

  10. natsattack says: Sep 19, 2013 6:49 PM

    Baltimore is chasing a wild card spot, that game is far from meaningless. For those who claim this is baseball’s fault, baseball hasn’t done a thing against the NFL. They scheduled their games first, and when football wanted to play on the same days, baseball didn’t care. Yet MLB drew the line at moving their game to accommodate football’s position as the only thing on TV. We scheduled our games first, we’ll play them as they’re scheduled, not when at a later date because someone came along and told us too move.

  11. r8dernation says: Sep 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Does it matter? Both venues are considered home games for the Raiders. Go Raiders!

  12. raideralex says: Sep 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    Two quick points:

    1) Baseball draws 30-40,000 fans per day in 31 of 32 cities (sorry Miami). I mean, that’s impressive regardless of your thoughts on the sport.

    2) Like any sport, playoff berths frequently enough come down to 1 game in the standings, so there is no such thing as a relatively meaningless game to a team in the playoff hunt.

  13. hookersdontsnuggle says: Sep 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    Football is for people without education. Go A’s.

  14. humb0lt says: Sep 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    Doesn’t matter to the Chargers, who should have no problem sweeping the Raiders this season, like they did last year, like they have for most of the past 10 years. Oakland is like home field advantage for the Chargers, who have won their 8 or 9 times in the past decade.

  15. kremis says: Sep 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    what is this thing called “baseball” that they speak of?

  16. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 19, 2013 7:06 PM

    raideralex says: Sep 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    Two quick points:

    1) Baseball draws 30-40,000 fans per day in 31 of 32 cities (sorry Miami). I mean, that’s impressive regardless of your thoughts on the sport.

    2) Like any sport, playoff berths frequently enough come down to 1 game in the standings, so there is no such thing as a relatively meaningless game to a team in the playoff hunt.

    – – – –

    1) The problem is, they ALSO only get about 30-40,000 people watching on TV. MLB rating numbers are just atrocious.

    Which brings us to:

    2) Baseball playoffs and even the World Series can’t compete with even the most horrible NFL regular season game.

    Baseball might have some loyal fans, but they’re growing smaller by the season, while the NFL just keeps bringing in millions and millions of new fans every month.

  17. radrntn says: Sep 19, 2013 7:06 PM

    not sure what the raiders or the nfl is thinking….i guess they have not been at the oakland airport or the san diego airport when a lot of raider fans fly in for those home games. Switching it to a monday night is a crock this late of notice just a few weeks before the game….All i know is they better decide sooner than later.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 19, 2013 7:10 PM

    i thought the o’s were being short-sighted in their failure to understand the fanfare of the first game, the leadup and concert etc. That would have brought way more money and pub to ballmer than the baseball game, which could have easily been moved to the daytime or another day, and i’m sure bisciotti would have passed a little cash along.

    kinda like little kids spiting themselves just to make themselves look strong.

  19. dumbolt says: Sep 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    choo choo!!!! “Polly want a cracker” do you know anything else?

    However i do agree with you that being a charger player it must always feel like a home game or a road game because no matter where you play , the place is always filled with the other teams fan. Super Bowl Express derailed again!

  20. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 19, 2013 7:13 PM

    r8dernation says: Sep 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Does it matter? Both venues are considered home games for the Raiders. Go Raiders!

    – – – –

    And yet, despite such hyperbole, that “home field advantage” has resulted in only three Raiders’ victories over the Chargers in the past decade. So, not the most compelling, or objective of arguments by you.

  21. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:14 PM

    Baseball didnt budge for the Ravens. Sorry about your bad luck, MLB. I would tell them to kick rocks, pound sand, or fly a kite.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:21 PM

    The terms of who has preferential use on any given day under any given condition is certainly spelled out in the team leases. Ie; the Raiders may have no choice but to alter the date or time of the game if those leases say the A’s get automatic use of the stadium for a home playoff game.

  23. dmravens says: Sep 19, 2013 7:21 PM

    With MLB not budging on the Ravens game, I really wished that NFL would just schedule games that would compete directly against MLB, including World Series, etc.
    NFL destroys MLB any time this happens, i.e. Monday Night game between Tennessee and Jacksonville dwarfed MLB Game 7 few years back. Since MLB decided to act like “richards” they should be put in their rightful place – only watched when absolutely nothing else is going on.

  24. footballviewer says: Sep 19, 2013 7:23 PM

    Inaccurate reporting by Gantt.

    He wrote:

    “Instead, the defending champs started the season on the road at Denver while the Orioles played a relatively meaningless game against the White Sox.”

    The Orioles are in playoff contention. Their game against the White Sox was certainly not “meaningless” since they are in the thick of a playoff race.

    The Ravens home opener issue came down to a contractual issue. The Orioles had long since scheduled their home game by the time the NFL wanted to give the Ravens an opening game that conflicted with the Orioles game. The Ravens had no contractual control over the Orioles or the parking lot that their stadium (M&T Bank Stadium) shares with the Orioles stadium (Orioles Park). Obviously, the NFL was unwilling to pay the Orioles, or unwilling to pay them enough, to move the game. Why should the Orioles give a financial gift to the Ravens and the NFL? If the situation had been reversed, why should the Ravens have given a financial gift to the Orioles and MLB?

    In the same way, the potential A’s – Raiders game conflict is also a contractual issue. If the Raiders have superior rights under their stadium contract, then obviously the A’s and MLB will have to pay the Raiders, the Chargers, and the NFL if the A’s and MLB want the Raiders game to have its time or date changed. If the A’s have superior rights under their stadium contract, then the Raiders game will be rescheduled in accordance with the A’s contractual rights.

  25. flybono24 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:32 PM

    That’s hilarious, this troll idiot humbolt talking about home field advantages.

    If he had ever been to Qualcomm he’d see the stadium is about 40-50% fans of the visiting team. Except of course the Raider-Charger game where about 75% of the stadium is Raider fans.

    Fairweather Charger fans are the worst in football.

  26. mophatici says: Sep 19, 2013 7:44 PM

    I miss the days when writers didn’t try to pit two separate sports against each other. The reasoning behind scheduling and the unwillingness to change those have more to do with logistics than malice. It’s not easy for the city or teams to change huge events that have been scheduled for months.

  27. broncsfan72 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:46 PM

    Hey natsattack. The Ravens are the Superbowl champs. It’s tradition to open at home. The game WAS meaningless that was 3 weeks ago and the playoffs still hasn’t started yet. This game has already been scheduled just like your baseball game so what’s your point?

  28. ddjesus says: Sep 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    I wouldn’t move the game. Baseball’s argument for the Orioles was “we scheduled first”, well now the nfl’s scheduled first, so tough.

    Also raideralex, there are only 30 baseball teams, not 32 as you said, and 30-40k is about max capacity for most ballparks, I bet the real average is 20k. For every lively crowd at Busch Stadium, there’s Tropicana Field and Minute Maid Park. And sadly, the Oakland Coliseum.

  29. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 19, 2013 8:23 PM

    W*F? Where is Goodall’s cajones? Screw MLB!

  30. badmude says: Sep 19, 2013 8:31 PM

    Hey Humbolt, Some facts for you. Raiders vs Sandy Eggo Chargers win /loss record: 58 – 47 Including Raiders 3 Superbowl Championships. Chargers ZERO Championships.
    Playoff wins since 2000: Raiders 4, Chargers 3
    Total Playoff wins: Raiders 25, Chargers 10
    Chargers are STILL LOSERS! in all categories.
    If your man enough I’ll meet you at the game in SD.(South Oakland). Make sure you wear your Chargers jersey. You’ll be easy to find, the only Bolt jersey there in a sea of Raiders jerseys.

  31. ctiggs says: Sep 19, 2013 9:22 PM

    badmude says:
    Sep 19, 2013 8:31 PM
    Hey Humbolt, Some facts for you. Raiders vs Sandy Eggo Chargers win /loss record: 58 – 47 Including Raiders 3 Superbowl Championships. Chargers ZERO Championships.
    Playoff wins since 2000: Raiders 4, Chargers 3
    Total Playoff wins: Raiders 25, Chargers 10
    Chargers are STILL LOSERS! in all categories.
    If your man enough I’ll meet you at the game in SD.(South Oakland). Make sure you wear your Chargers jersey. You’ll be easy to find, the only Bolt jersey there in a sea of Raiders jerseys.
    ===================================

    LOL us Niner fans laugh at both of you sorry for an excuse franchises. Whats this the battle of who is officially the worst team on the west coast.

  32. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 19, 2013 9:39 PM

    Lol defending the oakland raiders is like defending a turd. Arent they the only team still playing on a baseball diamond. They will move back to l.a. bank on it.

  33. therolandobottom says: Sep 19, 2013 9:49 PM

    Love these mutant Chargers fans where the only insults they can derive is from ” the last ten years.” News flash, the Chargers have been irrelevant for 50 years, and some things just never change.

  34. dumbolt says: Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    LOL us Niner fans laugh at both of you sorry for an excuse franchises. Whats this the battle of who is officially the worst team on the west coast

    – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – — – – — – –

    Funny from 2003 to 2010 the niners went 8 seasons in a row with out a winning record, and in all reality by the looks of Sunday night game , might be looking at a wildcard this year. Kapernick is only 8-4 as a starter with probably what is the best team that was built under Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. Typical cross bay fair-weather fans….last year everybody was wearing orange, and now the city is dressed in red. GO A’s , Go Raiders!

  35. lachargers1 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:10 PM

    The charger trolls really must have been physically and/or mentally beaten bad by Raider fans through the decades. How else can you explain this trolling behavior that I bet does not exist in Chief or Donks comment boards.

    Also, hey Santa Clare whiner fans, how bout that Aldone Smith?

  36. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Sep 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    flybono24 says: Sep 19, 2013 7:32 PM

    That’s hilarious, this troll idiot humbolt talking about home field advantages.

    If he had ever been to Qualcomm he’d see the stadium is about 40-50% fans of the visiting team. Except of course the Raider-Charger game where about 75% of the stadium is Raider fans.

    Fairweather Charger fans are the worst in football.
    ———————————————————-

    Actually this is not true..We done a ton of research and the most “bandwagon” fans are The Patriots.
    Back before Brady and Bledsoe YOU would NEVER EVER see someone wearing a Patriots Jersey. Some “fans” came along when Pats made it to the Superbowl with Bledsoe, you might see 1 or 2 fat guys with a Bledsoe jersey then when Pats won a superbowl suddenly EVERYONE is a Pats fan… Case and point right here in NEW ENGLAND I own a sports bar, back in early 90s you would see these guys come in with Cowboys Jerseys then when Pats won a Superbowl those same guys came in with a Brady Jersey and suddenly they were “Die Hard” Pats fans. It’s funny I never seen anyone in New England wearing a Scott Zolak Jersey!
    Now with the Raiders fans, those are the most DIE HARD fans, Hell I seen guys wearing AARON bROOKS JERSEYS! Raider fans stick with their team

  37. natelan69 says: Sep 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    The Raiders can never leave their current stadium… It’s been wired up for all the fans’ house arrest anklets. You know how expensive it would be to move the House Arrester 9000 to another park?

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