PHOENIX | Greetings, folks, from the posh Arizona Biltmore hotel, where the NFL’s owners, general managers, coaches and other top executives have gathered for the annual league meetings.
Monday’s newspaper story previewed the meetings, where the focus, as usual, is several rule changes. If you’re holding out hope the Redskins might recoup some of their lost salary cap space here, please move on.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with reporters at 4 p.m. EDT. He will address a wide range of topics, including the first bit of news to emerge from the meetings Monday.
The league’s tradition of showcasing the defending Super Bowl champion in a weeknight home opener is is jeopardy this year. The league and the Baltimore Ravens want to host their opener Thursday night, Sept. 5. However, the Baltimore Orioles - whose stadium is next door and whose parking lots the Ravens share - also have a home game that night.
Moving the Ravens game to Wednesday is not an option because of Rosh Hashana, according to the team’s website. The Orioles, apparently, are not interested in moving their game on Sept. 5 to the afternoon. The O’s play Wednesday night in Cleveland.
The team says it does not want to open on the road. Stay tuned to see how this and other league issues evolve between now and the conclusion of these meetings on Wednesday afternoon.