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Schedule will be announced Tuesday night

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That random ESPN2 listing Florio spotted over the weekend was right.

The NFL confirmed Monday that the league’s schedule will be released Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network and NFL.com.   ESPN will have their own counterprogramming.

The league also confirmed the Bears and Buccaneers will play in London, as was reported last week. That game will take place on October 23rd.

Like most fans, we’re not really sure how to react to the schedule coming out.  Even though we’re confident something will get worked out eventually, it’s hard to get too worked up when we don’t know if the games will actually happen.

The schedule release should be a great day for NFL teams, with the promise of individual ticket sales to come.

Instead it’s just another reminder that both the NFL and its players are discrediting themselves, angling for every last dollar at a time of unprecedented wealth and success.   A time in which the interest in their sport is so great they can televise the release of the schedule and millions of people will actually watch.

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  1. schmitty2 says: Apr 18, 2011 5:51 PM

    How about they release the date of this damn lockout ending?

  2. bobwilky says: Apr 18, 2011 6:05 PM

    Who cares. You are about to kill the golden goose.

  3. pftard says: Apr 18, 2011 6:07 PM

    This would be exciting news if there was any chance of football this fall. As it stands now.., its just a list of pre-canceled games.

  4. wallyhorse says: Apr 18, 2011 6:17 PM

    At least this time they are not waiting to announce the schedule, which I believe was delayed last year because the NFL I suspect had to make up two schedules ready in case Conan o’Brien signed with FOX (which at the time last year was thought to likely happen), trying to wait to see what happened there before Conan signed with Time Warner/Turner to do his current show on TBS (my suspicion was, if Conan had signed with FOX, the NFL was going to have to have given ESPN a far stronger schedule than they got last year to compensate for having to move up two November Monday night games (11/8 & 11/15) to a 7:00 PM ET kickoff to best assure they ended before Conan would have aired his first two Monday shows on FOX, which would have been the same 11:00 PM ET time slot his TBS show currently has).

    Anyway, if I were Godell, I would have announced the season would start Sept. 14 with most teams starting Sept. 18-19. There are still a lot of family memebers of 9/11 victims that have never been able to move past that day, and with this year the 10th anniversary of such, many of those family members in particular would deem it inappropriate to play on the 9/11 anniversary along with others, especially those who were never able to bury their loved ones because no body fragments could be found (for those who don’t remember, the last funeral for an officer killed on 9/11 didn’t take place until days short of the second anniversary).

    As for the Bears-Bucs game being in London, I suspect the Glazers were very concerned about that game being a December Monday night game where Bears fans would have bought up the overwhelming number of the tickers and turned it into an extra home game for the Bears, enough to potentially knock the Bucs out of the playoffs. That’s why I think the Glazers specifically asked to host the London game and it being against the Bears.

  5. drednot says: Apr 18, 2011 6:30 PM

    Gregg, forget the lockout for a second. I got a question about the schedules (pre season too). Preseason HOF game Bears vs Rams. I thought AFC vs NFC, second, same thing with the London game. Bears vs Bucs, again not AFC vs NFC please explain?

  6. saints25 says: Apr 18, 2011 6:31 PM

    there not playing football this year in the NFL!!!! So why are they doing this again?
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    To the NFLPA …you dont challenge the BOSS!!! 1.Fire all of the players(blackball)them an start all over with a new league .2. pay them all 500,000 a year..and never change it..3.drop ticket prices to 20.00 dollars a ticket..4.charge $1.25 a beer,an finally #5.charge $5.00 dollars for parking….that way the (BOSSES)who put up all the money,don’t make to damn much money…an these damn players will quit acting like a bunch of cry babies,

  7. db105 says: Apr 18, 2011 6:41 PM

    It’s April and 4 months before the first scheduled preseason game but the simple minded football fans think this lockout has already canceled games.

  8. pkrjones says: Apr 18, 2011 6:52 PM

    Why bother? Until both sides agree to mediate in good faith instead of biding their time until it goes to court, nothing will happen.

    Worst thing they can do ~ let it get tied-up in court and settled by lawyers. At least the Packers will be reigning champs until this mess eventually does get settled. Unfortunately 1/2 of the viewing audience will have found baseball, racing or women’s field hockey to watch instead of their former favorite past-time.

  9. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 18, 2011 6:55 PM

    They got to keep those season ticket buyers dollars rolling in.
    Just more smoke and mirrors.

    If the people would stop giving them money, if for no other reason that to remind both sides who really has the power here, this labor situation would be settled in a week.

  10. tunescribe says: Apr 18, 2011 7:20 PM

    Schedule? OK. What I really want to know is why that photo of Ed the Angry Fire Elf was replaced by Rich Eisen. I’m sick of both those dweebs and it’s only April.

  11. cardsmac says: Apr 18, 2011 7:25 PM

    This is not how free enterprise works. Go watch arena football if you feel this way.

    To the NFLPA …you dont challenge the BOSS!!! 1.Fire all of the players(blackball)them an start all over with a new league .2. pay them all 500,000 a year..and never change it..3.drop ticket prices to 20.00 dollars a ticket..4.charge $1.25 a beer,an finally #5.charge $5.00 dollars for parking….that way the (BOSSES)who put up all the money,don’t make to damn much money…an these damn players will quit acting like a bunch of cry babies,

  12. stairwayto7 says: Apr 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    Only look at your teams last 8 games, because that is how long season will be , if at all. Expect to see alot of crppy games and interconferanc egames early and divisional games late.

  13. 52crabcakes says: Apr 18, 2011 9:01 PM

    I hope the owners and players are paying attention. We, who make up the NFL, are pissed! I am not watching draft unless lockout is over. No NFL channel, no NFL.com, no buying NFL products, not even BaltimoreRavens.com. FIX IT NOW!

  14. alewatcher says: Apr 18, 2011 9:11 PM

    Schedule* will be announced Tuesday night

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    There, I fixed the title.

  15. tobyv29 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:05 PM

    @cardsmac et, al
    You absolutely challenge “the boss”. These aren’t just rank and file employees. They are the product that people are paying for. That’s a dynamic that seems overlooked by the anti-player contingent on these comment boards. Without the product the “bosses” have nothing to sell. They can’t outsource production to China. They can’t merge with their competition to consolidate personnel (mass layoffs). All they have left is to squeeze concessions from the only people keeping them afloat. It’s pure greed on the part of the owners. They think they can outlast the players if the money is cut off and they’re probably right.

  16. hitdog042 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:47 PM

    they have to release a schedule so the teams can plan other events in the stadiums and so the networks can put a plan in place. If games get cancelled, games get cancelled.

    But they need to prepare for business as usual or teams can lose out on other revenue (concerts, etc..), and need to prepare staffing plans (scheduling, how many employees, etc)

    common sense, really. What would be the point in waiting until later to announce the schedule? It harms nothing to do it now.

  17. mdpickles says: Apr 18, 2011 11:34 PM

    “wallyhorse says: Apr 18, 2011 6:17 PM There are still a lot of family memebers of 9/11 victims that have never been able to move past that day, and with this year the 10th anniversary of such, many of those family members in particular would deem it inappropriate to play on the 9/11 anniversary along with others”

    ^^With all due respect, if there is no football on 9/11, then the terrorists have won.

  18. mrba4775 says: Apr 19, 2011 1:55 AM

    i would like the cowboys to open up against the deadskins @ cowboys stadium.

  19. dangerousdave616 says: Apr 19, 2011 8:00 AM

    Anybody notice that the schedule is being released on Passover? Now THAT is irony!!

  20. schrutebeetfarms says: Apr 19, 2011 2:11 PM

    I can’t believe anyone would watch this show if there weren’t a lockout. The matchups are already determined, it’s just the order in which they are played.

    Honestly, I can’t believe that people don’t have something better to do.

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