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Source: Schedule coming Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET

Earlier this week, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told us on Monday that the 2010 regular-season schedule will be released later this week or early next week.  At the time, we were separately told that the sheet would be removed later this week.

But here’s the apparent problem.  If it’s released on Friday, the schedule disappears into the weekend news cycle.  And even if it’s released on Thursday night, it still doesn’t get as much notice as it would if released earlier in the work week.

Apparently, then, the league decided to bump it by a few days.  We’re now told that the schedule will be released on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The problem with this approach is that the schedule release will interfere with the pre-draft buildup.  So at a time when the league should be hyping the first prime time draft in NFL history, we’ll all be paying attention to the details of specifically when the 256 regular-season games will be played.

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42 Responses to “Source: Schedule coming Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET”
  1. chance says: Apr 14, 2010 1:32 PM

    Another problem is the 19th is Monday, Tuesday is the 20th…

  2. SCole025 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:32 PM

    The NFL is stupid. Just release the damn thing already! Those of us who care about the NFL will still pay attention whether it’s released on a Thursday at 5:00pm or a Sunday at 2:00am.

  3. Bob S. says: Apr 14, 2010 1:34 PM

    Besides everyone knows that all sports fans will be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs!

  4. karmathaitch says: Apr 14, 2010 1:36 PM

    Should be given right after the draft.

  5. buddha says: Apr 14, 2010 1:36 PM

    April 19th is a Monday, not a Tuesday. So which is it? Monday the 19th or Tuesday the 20th??

  6. Sk8r Steve says: Apr 14, 2010 1:37 PM

    Tuesday is the 20th .

  7. danfinocchio says: Apr 14, 2010 1:37 PM

    please, they’ll run a billion draft ads during the show. Its the perfect football season/draft buildup

  8. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:38 PM

    Yeah, because if we read a 16 game schedule on Tuesday, who cares about the draft on Thursday? We’ll have to be hospitalized on Wednesday from all the excitement.

  9. SpartaChris says: Apr 14, 2010 1:39 PM

    Insert 4-20 jokes here.

  10. Other Bears says: Apr 14, 2010 1:42 PM

    The schedule release is not a significant event by itself (to most of us). Knowing the schedule is significant, but following the unveiling like it’s the freakin’ playoffs or something is for losers. It actually MAKES SENSE as part of the pre-draft build-up. How much promotion of the prime-time draft do you think will happen during the schedule reveal? This is a smart approach. The problem is that you think that it’s not.

  11. Contra says: Apr 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    The schedule is already up on NFL.com. Just click on SCHEDULE and then YOUR TEAM.
    SOURCE – ME!

  12. The Wishbone says: Apr 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    How will anybody pay attention to the schedule for more than a couple of hours? We already know every team’s schedule, we just don’t know the dates of the games.

  13. Greg2010 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    has any one noticed ever since roger goodell has been NFL the schedule seems to be out later and later? LOL I hope NO more delays !!

  14. BaltimoreRavens says: Apr 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    Tuesday is 4/20, expect Santonio Holmes to spark a doobie in honor of the schedule.

  15. Danny1739 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    Is your source @gregaiello? He is in the know. I wish I knew you could make a solid career out of reading other people’s twitter accounts and posting it on a website. You are a genius!

  16. Contra says: Apr 14, 2010 1:45 PM

    The schedule is already up on NFL.com. Just click on SCHEDULE and then YOUR TEAM.
    SOURCE – ME!

  17. hnirobert says: Apr 14, 2010 1:45 PM

    Zeus: RELEASE THE SCHEDULE!

  18. KILLER FIN says: Apr 14, 2010 1:46 PM

    another GREAT Goodell idea??? IDIOT!!! Not like anyone wants to plan to go to any the games out of town??? Thanks for thinking of the fans Goodell!!!

  19. SATAN567 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:47 PM

    Yes, the No Fun League IS stupid.

  20. Kaz says: Apr 14, 2010 1:47 PM

    They’ve blown the schedule release. Someone’s head should roll. Inexcusable.

  21. Todd R says: Apr 14, 2010 1:48 PM

    The NFL was waiting to see what was going to happen with the Steelers and Big Ben before any schedule was released. If Big Ben was cherged, Pitt would have NO primetime games this year. Now that they know he will not be charged (maybe suspend for a game or so) the NFL now announces that the schedule is all set? BS! I guarnateed Pitt does not open the NFL season at New Orleans now as previously discussed. Their first prime time game will be week 3 or after when Big Ben is available. I wish the NFL would please announce that this is a BUSINESS first, and a sport second. It is sooooo obvious it makes me sick!

  22. dscjmc says: Apr 14, 2010 1:48 PM

    With the Marshall trade, perhaps they need to move more Miami games to the national slate. Yeah right!

  23. DJSlyBri says: Apr 14, 2010 1:49 PM

    Yeah, get it out already. Some of us need to make travel plans and file notices of unavailability on all of our cases.

  24. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Apr 14, 2010 1:52 PM

    I wish it was right now!! but I like it because it secures that NFL is the only thing being talked about next week! and Im going to have a copy of the schedule in my hand during the draft so i can right down when I get to see some of these rookies play! Go Giants

  25. mama tried says: Apr 14, 2010 1:54 PM

    4 20 beatches…. wake and bake, and get your sched on!!
    puff puff give me that schedule!

  26. RIP__21 says: Apr 14, 2010 1:57 PM

    Release is timed to draw more viewers to the nfl network. DanFin is correct, they will pump the draft hardcore during the show. All about the money these days…………………….

  27. Nuckinfutz says: Apr 14, 2010 2:01 PM

    It’s being held up, because Bill Polian has to give his final approval to the entire schedule before it can be released.

  28. Zeppelin53 says: Apr 14, 2010 2:06 PM

    I don’t really see how this hurts the pre-draft build up. It’s two days prior to the draft. People are already amped up for the draft. If anything, this will just fuel the people that haven’t been gearing up for the draft to actually come back around to football. I think it’s a smart move.
    They will release the schedule on Tuesday night. People will break it down Wednesday all day, plus throw in draft talk. Thursday during the day people will be back into draft-talk mode for the 1st round, and the draft will kick off that night. The NFL will own not just the weekend, but basically the entire week (Tuesday night schedule release through Sunday draft breakdown).

  29. akuehn713 says: Apr 14, 2010 2:09 PM

    Thank Big Ben for the delay

  30. jibfest says: Apr 14, 2010 2:11 PM

    They are waiting until certain moves, trades, etc go down, so they can monkey with the schedule more.

  31. SpartaChris says: Apr 14, 2010 2:15 PM

    Somewhere, Santonio Holmes is smiling.

  32. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 14, 2010 2:17 PM

    I’m no fan of Holmes, but who cares if he wakes n bakes in the offseason? It has no bearing on anything whatsoever. If he woke up and drank, there would be a problem.

  33. habibfromnewdehli says: Apr 14, 2010 2:18 PM

    @Contra
    No. The schedule is not on NFL.com
    The only thing there is the OPPONENTS. There is no dates, no times, and no order. Therefore no schedule.
    The reason it isn’t being released yet is because they haven’t been able to finalize it. They are slow, and dumb.
    They are worried about people not paying attention to it because it’s the weekend? That’s like saying I don’t care if Shakira or Beyonce take a wrong turn down my street and need directions because it’s the wrong day of the week.
    If I care about something, the day of the week or weekend means nothing.
    NFL, just admit you hire substandard employees in almost every aspect if your business… and this is just another example. Florio could make the schedule faster, and probably end up with a better final product.

  34. Tomthebombtracy says: Apr 14, 2010 2:28 PM

    You read it here first. Steelers will host a Thursday night game Week 16, be on the road Week 17, then host the NHL Classic Jan. 1, probaby against the Caps.

  35. hayward giablommi says: Apr 14, 2010 2:29 PM

    This is yet another debacle occuring under Fuhrer Goodell’s watch. I recall just 3 or so years ago the schedule being released consistantly in the first week of April with little fanfare. It has now been delayed for weeks on end for two straight years.
    Cue the losers who love to point out “who cares, we already know what teams will be playing”.
    Well, some of us actually go to the games, and spend lots of money to do so, and would already have trips booked if this process wasn’t completely mismanaged and the schedule was already out. What a farce.

  36. Dapollock says: Apr 14, 2010 3:15 PM

    Week 17: The Pittsburg Roethlisberger’s against Omega Gamma Rho. Pantybowl style.

  37. Contra says: Apr 14, 2010 3:17 PM

    habibfromnewdehli says:
    April 14, 2010 2:18 PM
    @Contra
    No. The schedule is not on NFL.com
    The only thing there is the OPPONENTS. There is no dates, no times, and no order. Therefore no schedule.
    ——
    thanks for clearing that up, my mistake. Well knowing the teams gives me something to chew on for the time being.

  38. Wallyhorse says: Apr 14, 2010 3:58 PM

    Todd said:
    >>The NFL was waiting to see what was going to happen with the Steelers and Big Ben before any schedule was released. If Big Ben was cherged, Pitt would have NO primetime games this year. Now that they know he will not be charged (maybe suspend for a game or so) the NFL now announces that the schedule is all set? BS! I guarnateed Pitt does not open the NFL season at New Orleans now as previously discussed. Their first prime time game will be week 3 or after when Big Ben is available. I wish the NFL would please announce that this is a BUSINESS first, and a sport second. It is sooooo obvious it makes me sick!>>
    I don’t think Rothlisberger was the reason for the delay:
    I suspect the NFL was waiting as long as it could because of a situation that may have had a direct impact on who got what games: Conan o’Brien.
    Until Conan signed with TBS on Monday (4/12), the NFL likely was having to do up two schedules:
    One if Conan went to FOX. That schedule likenly included giving ESPN a much stronger than normal Monday Night Football schedule to compensate for having to have a 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT start (instead of 8:40 ET/5:40 PT) for a November MNF game the night Conan premiered on FOX if Conan had gone to FOX as widely anticipated before he signed with TBS. Given the NFL owes FOX for a screwup with the playoffs last January that cost FOX the Divisional Playoff lead-ins for “Human Target” and “24” that FOX told ad buyers at the May 2009 up-fronts they would have, I suspect had Conan signed with FOX, the NFL would have had to make the November 8 MNF game a 7:00 PM ET kickoff to assure that game ended before the likely premiere episode of a Conan on FOX show had Conan gone to FOX.
    The other schedule is the if Conan didn’t sign with FOX, which we now know us what happened.
    That to me may be why the NFL has delayed putting out a schedule in the hope the Conan situation would be settled before the NFL had to get one out and the NFL was not in a position where they had to shift games that normally would be on NBC to ESPN as advance compensation for needing to move a game up to a 7:00 PM ET kickoff.

  39. Bious says: Apr 14, 2010 8:00 PM

    Can’t wait to see how the NFL bent over to help Favre win a SB this season

  40. SpartaChris says: Apr 14, 2010 11:05 PM

    Bious says:
    April 14, 2010 8:00 PM
    Can’t wait to see how the NFL bent over to help Favre win a SB this season
    ===================================
    At least 6 of their away games are out side in what would be cold weather climates (Philadelphia, Washington, New England, New York Jets, Green Bay, Chicago.) Unless they play all 6 straight on the road to start the season, he’s gonna have to deal with some cold weather. Here’s hoping GB/Min or Min/Chi ends the season.

  41. MLZ says: Apr 15, 2010 4:20 PM

    When I clicked on Schedule for the Colts on NFL.COM, at the bottom of the page I see “Full Schedule Coming April 20 7pm et exclusively on NFL.COM and NFL Network

  42. boknowscornell says: Apr 18, 2010 4:59 PM

    The NFL did not care about when or where Conan signed. He is not the reason for the delay of the schedule release. It more than likely was becasue of the Mcnabb trade to DC and Big Bens legal woes along with the New York coin toss debacle. ESPN was never gonna get a better schedule than the peacock. Dick Ebersol would go nutz.. Crude Conan could move to Greenland and the NFL could care less. Rest assure the schedule had absolutely nothing about where Conan landed.

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