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.

42 responses to “Source: Schedule coming Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 !!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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…………………….

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

  17. 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).

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

  19. 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.

  20. @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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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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