The Baltimore rumor might have started because some judges who registered to judge in the final round without final round entries are seeing the draft of the "final round letter" that will eventually go out to entrants. Here's a clip from the letter I see when I log in:
[obligatory "I wasn't able to see this letter" humblebrag]
see ya soon Dennis!
Yeah yeah yeah... Maybe I'll get to try some of your really low scoring ciders...