Why can't the Ravens play on Rosh Hashana?

I read with interest about the conflict between the Ravens' season opener and a Baltimore Orioles game scheduled to be played during the heat of the pennant race ("Scheduling conflict leaves NFL season opener here up in the air," March 19).

As I understand it, both teams are scheduled to play on the same day in pretty much the same time slot. The obvious question is why can't the Orioles just move up the time of their game to maybe 1 p.m. or even 12:30 p.m.?

The NFL says that scheduling the Ravens' game on Sept. 4 would conflict with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. I mean no disrespect, but games have been played on that holiday before, and the Ravens seem to have no issues with playing on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

Major League Baseball always plays games on Good Friday and Easter, which are the two holiest days on Christian calendar. Why aren't these holidays held in the same high regard as the Jewish high holy days?

Rick Korman

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