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Reader E-Mail: Ravens-Texans Game To Relocate to Atlanta Sunday?

Thursday, September 11, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 4:59 PM, under ,

Athens, GA (Sept 11, 2008) - We at Eye on Sports Media (EOSM) like to share reader e-mail we receive for investigation, comment and/or discussion (anonymized unless we have the sender's permission). We received this email a couple of hours ago:

I am starting to hear some talk that the Ravens-Texans game in Houston may move to Atlanta due to Hurricane Ike? Have you heard anything to that effect through your TV contacts?

Name withheld

As announced by the NFL, the game will stay in Houston, but will be played Monday night at 8:30 PM ET. It will be be televised on local CBS stations in the primary and secondary markets of the Texans (Houston, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and Bryan, Texas) and the Ravens (Baltimore; Washington, DC; Salisbury, MD; and Harrisburg, PA).

We have not heard anything yet, but have emailed CBS Sports to get some sort of confirmation, denial, or maybe on your question. We will post an update if we hear anything. Meanwhile, Here is what Clark Judge wrote on his cbssports.com blog:

A day ago I was told that the Baltimore-Houston game, scheduled for Sunday in Houston, might be moved to Atlanta because of Hurricane Ike. Now, word comes down that the league will make a decision by 4 p.m. Thursday, with Atlanta a possible destination. That is unconfirmed, with a spokesman at the league office saying he did not know if it was true. But I do know that in Baltimore -- where the Ravens were preparing to move up their getaway to Houston from Saturday to Friday -- the club has heard reports that it will move to Atlanta instead. A source in Houston said the Texans expected to hear from the league office this afternoon but could not confirm if Atlanta was the site of their next game or if they would play on Sunday.
From the blog on NFL.com:

As Hurricane Ike takes aim at the Texas Gulf Coast, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league has contingencies in place should the storm impact Sunday’s game between the Texans and Ravens at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Goodell said the NFL is prepared to allow the game to be potentially played as late as Monday. A plan is also in place to postpone the game and make scheduling changes to play it later in the season.

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