If the reports are accurate, it would be the first time the game has been played on a day other than Jan. 1. However, New Year's Day next year falls on a Sunday. If the NFL plays this season -- that league currently has locked out its players -- it would coincide with the final week of the regular season.
The game being played at a baseball stadium could be due to the NFL schedule. If the season is played, the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to play the Washington Redskins on Jan. 1 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.
It would the Rangers' debut in the League's outdoor game.