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ESPN2 listing indicates schedule release is coming Tuesday

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We explained last night that the new NFL schedule will be released at some still-unknown point between now and the draft, and that no one seems to care.

Some of you have agreed with that take, others have disagrees, and a few others have pointed out that ESPN2 has reserved a block of time on Tuesday, April 19, for pulling the sheet off the schedule.

TVGuide.com indicates that the SportsCenter Schedule Release Special will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET on the 19th, with two hours set aside for the show.

We’ve seen similar listings in past years, but the NFL ultimately released the schedule on different days.  In this case, however, it’s roughly 48 hours until showtime — and the listing is still there.

NFL Network has offered no similar clues, with a generic one-hour edition of Total Access set for 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 19 on NFL.com’s online list of programming.

Last year, the league held the schedule until the week of the draft.  But it arguably got lost in the shuffle.

This year, the NFL may prefer that the release of the schedule get lost in the shuffle, given that it’ll be hard to generate much interest in the specific configuration of games given the lockout.  In fact, releasing the schedule could backfire on the league and the players, since it will for the first time give the fans a tangible look at what we’ll all lose if any regular-season games are lost to the lockout.

Especially since the first Sunday of the regular season lands on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, with an expectation in some circles that the prime-time game will feature one, and possibly both, of the New York teams.

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13 Responses to “ESPN2 listing indicates schedule release is coming Tuesday”
  1. derekjetersmansion says: Apr 17, 2011 6:53 PM

    It’s pretty much a given that the first NBC game is Jets vs. Giants. The East divisions play each other this year.

  2. zimaman says: Apr 17, 2011 6:59 PM

    Nice pic!

    looks like a d bag wanna be to me

    Maybe someday he will grow up and become a real fireman

  3. tunescribe says: Apr 17, 2011 7:13 PM

    Why is this story accompanied by a photo of Ed the Angry Fire Elf?

  4. staff2cj4td says: Apr 17, 2011 8:30 PM

    will all receiving touchdowns count week 1 this year?!?!?

  5. wallyhorse says: Apr 17, 2011 8:49 PM

    Jets-Giants would make sense, but frankly, if I’m Godell, I announce the season will start a week later on Sunday, Septmber 18.

    As this 9/11 is the 10th anniversary of that day, I would do that to appease families of a considerable number of the victims of that day who I would think feel it would be inappropriate for the NFL to start the regular season that day (as there are some family members of victims who have sadly never been able to move past that day). Doing so also would give the NFL a buffer in case of a lockout, and I would also announce the Super Bowl will be played on February 12, one week later than currently scheduled to keep the bye week between the conference title games and Super Bowl.

  6. vikings2102 says: Apr 17, 2011 9:19 PM

    Well I am excited about the schedule coming out. It just means we are closer to the draft and closer to having some normal in the NFL world.

    I am also one of those few people who think the 2 sides will take their heads out of their asses and get things worked out. I believe that we will have training camos as normal and the season will start on time.

    Now, if only my local governement can get my team a new stadium (I live in MN) so this won’t the last season of Vikings football until expansion…..

  7. stairwayto7 says: Apr 17, 2011 9:43 PM

    The first 6-8 weeks will feature many intercinferance games and very good teams vs bad team.. This will eb done because they knwo the lockout will not be lifted until Oct 15 and 1 st games won’t be played until Nov!!

  8. canetic says: Apr 17, 2011 10:50 PM

    Is it going to be an 18 game schedule or 17 game schedule?

  9. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 17, 2011 11:51 PM

    FiremanEd is excited about the Jets winning their 3rd consecutive Superbowl under head coach Rex Ryan.

  10. Kave Krew says: Apr 17, 2011 11:57 PM

    Let’s lockout Fireman Ed for 2011…….

  11. xtb3 says: Apr 18, 2011 12:55 AM

    the numbers of posts on this blog and other boards and blogs show clearly people are just ignoring the nfl right now in disgust.

    TV RATINGS FOR THE DRAFT THIS WEEKEND WILL BE DESERVEDLY HORRENDOUS!

  12. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 18, 2011 7:32 AM

    For the first time in years, I have no intention of watching the draft. I’m hoping others do the same to send a subtle message to the parties involved.

  13. tombradyswig says: Apr 18, 2011 9:00 AM

    the numbers of posts on this blog and other boards and blogs show clearly people are just ignoring the nfl right now in disgust.

    “TV RATINGS FOR THE DRAFT THIS WEEKEND WILL BE DESERVEDLY HORRENDOUS!”

    The draft is NEXT weekend, starting Thur, the 28th!

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