Ravens coach John Harbaugh slammed the NFL for suddenly changing the time of Sunday’s game against the Bengals.
John Harbaugh Unhappy with New Game Time as Ravens Vie for Wildcard
The league changed the time of the game from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. EST. Harbough felt the sudden schedule change might confuse fans and have a negative impact on the size of the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. He said the NFL’s latest announcement is not doing Baltimore any favors.
“They don’t care about us,” Harbaugh said. “So, we just have to care about ourselves. We have to take care of our own business. That goes for our team, for our fans and for our city. Let’s go win the football game.”
The NFL changed the schedule in order to play the Bengals vs. Ravens and Titans vs. Bills games simultaneously – all four teams are competing for the wildcard. However, Sunday is also New Year’s Eve. The new, later time could conflict with fans’ holiday plans and result in a smaller crowd for the Ravens.
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The Ravens are already struggling with smaller home crowds this season. The schedule shift even prompted Ravens president Dick Cass to send personal letters to season-ticket holders, encouraging them to show up on Sunday.
Harbaugh admitted that he’s confused by some of the front office decisions, but said that’s not his concern. The team is more concerned about how fans will react to the new schedule.
“I hope they’re into it. I hope people get there,” Harbaugh said. “The people who have plans, I hope they give their tickets to someone else so they get there. I want the place to be packed and loud.”
Under the new NFL schedule, seven games will play in the 1 p.m. slot on Sunday while nine games play in the 4:25 p.m. slot.