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Schedule release likely coming on a Tuesday, but which one?

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The NFL has developed a recent habit of releasing the regular-season schedule on one specific day of the week.  As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the league has pulled the sheet off the slate of games on a Tuesday for four straight years.

Three of those four times, the schedule came on the second Tuesday before the draft.  In 2010, the schedule was released the Tuesday of draft week.

Based on recent history, this means the most likely target for the release of the full 2012 schedule is Tuesday, April 17.

The league rarely gives much advance notice regarding the date for the schedule release.  Even though the who’s and the where’s were known the moment the regular-season ended, the when’s remain info which the fans have tremendous interest in knowing.

And the NFL knows it.

The schedule release typically occurs via a live special on NFL Network and one of the various ESPN networks.  Often, advance TV listings hint at the ultimate date.

Regardless, the only thing we know with certainty is that the schedule will be released before the draft.  The league said Friday that a supposedly leaked schedule (which gives CBS the 4:15 p.m. ET double-header spot every week and FOX that position zero times) is bogus.  Given that the league never has had a full-season schedule slip out prematurely, one of the first things we’ll do with the official schedule is compare it to the leaked schedule.

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25 Responses to “Schedule release likely coming on a Tuesday, but which one?”
  1. canetic says: Apr 7, 2012 4:50 PM

    The NFL turns everything into an event. Nobody even knows (much less cares) that baseball season has started.

  2. staffordsyear says: Apr 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    Bring it on!!

  3. stoutfiles says: Apr 7, 2012 4:59 PM

    @canetic

    Plenty of people care about baseball, don’t be stupid.

  4. mjk8807 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:01 PM

    Yep its the 17th I just looked at my tv guide it said sports center special from 7:00 to 10:oo

  5. ramitbaby says: Apr 7, 2012 5:05 PM

    Solid reporting.

    The schedule was already leaked. The NFL said it was a fake so now they will probably change two games on it and say, “See?”.

  6. blacknole08 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:05 PM

    Chances are it comes out on April 17th, but if they come out this Tuesday I’ll be even happier!

  7. gooze930 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    That leaked schedule had the Steelers on the road the first 3 weeks of the season. So you know it’s fake.

  8. jackshine says: Apr 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    NFL does a great job staying in the headlines.

    MLB has completely botched the opening week and infuriated people with the absolutely ridiculous play-in wild card round.

  9. sliceanddic3 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Obviously the schedule is fake. Ravens and Steelers don’t have a primetime game. They always have a primetime game.

  10. blacknole08 says: Apr 7, 2012 5:52 PM

    Looks like a blogger just messing around and created that “leaked” schedule. That MNF schedule looks horrible.

  11. bearsbuiltnfl says: Apr 7, 2012 6:49 PM

    That leaked schedule better not be accurate cause the Bears got hoed badly then. 6 of first 8 away?! Week 6 bye, too damn early. Like 2 prime-time games??? That alone leans towards it’s lack of credibility. That and the fact it has us playing supposed home games away and vise versa. I’m calling bs. Some computer clubber plugged all 32 into a randomizer and hit enter. We’re all a little dummer for having bought in, even for a second. See you on the 17th for the aftershocks.

  12. browns627 says: Apr 7, 2012 6:54 PM

    they should do it asap so the greg willams story doesn’t do any more damage.. damage control baby!

  13. briguy5 says: Apr 7, 2012 6:59 PM

    All the horrible Monday Night Football games was the one thing about that leaked schedule that seemed realistic.

  14. stoutfiles says: Apr 7, 2012 7:25 PM

    So over 2/3 rds of people don’t care about baseball either? Really?

  15. bbillsfan01 says: Apr 7, 2012 7:39 PM

    canetic says: Apr 7, 2012 4:50 PM
    The NFL turns everything into an event. Nobody even knows (much less cares) that baseball season has started.

    - – - – - -

    Baseball? What is… this…base ball you speak of ??

    (go sox)….. (the red ones)

  16. shawnc16 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:41 PM

    ramitbaby says:Apr 7, 2012 5:05 PM

    Solid reporting.

    The schedule was already leaked. The NFL said it was a fake so now they will probably change two games on it and say, “See?”.

    ————————————————

    There is no way that schedule was real with CBS getting double headers every week and fox getting none.

  17. bifford64 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:50 PM

    My dishnetwork guide only goes until Monday the 16th, so I can’t see what NFL Network has yet. Anyone with Directv know if their guide goes into Tuesday night?

  18. MedCityBob says: Apr 7, 2012 10:08 PM

    I have DirecTV…………
    There is nothing different on Tuesday………..
    However, on Tuesday, April 17th; there is
    an “NFL Special” listing, from 11:00AMto 1:00PM CDST….the listing says :
    “No information available. Special”
    I am guessing/speculating that this may be it……

  19. eaglemanic says: Apr 7, 2012 10:12 PM

    TVGuide.com indicates ESPN has an NFL Schedule Release show for 4/17 in primetime.

  20. jason1980 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:16 PM

    Schedule doesn’t matter, whenever the Saints play the world will be watching. Saints football baby!! There’s no tag football here!!!

  21. briang123 says: Apr 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    My Directv guide has a3-hour Sportscenter Special blocked off for that night at 5pm MST. No information is available. Nfl Network has 2 hours of NFL Special with no information at 10 am MST same day.

  22. CowboyErik says: Apr 8, 2012 12:12 AM

    Cowboys draw TOUGHEST schedule and WIN OUT!

  23. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Apr 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    the schedule is FAKE. it has the panthers playing at home week 1, which has already been proven false due to the nfl announcing carolina will have an away game week 1 with democratic national convention in charlotte. don’t read into it.

  24. oswegolion says: Apr 8, 2012 9:03 AM

    This leaked schdule sure looked real and complete. i can’t believe someone would spend that much time and effort to put this out. I sure will compare

  25. bigbluefan1 says: Apr 8, 2012 12:19 PM

    Who cares we open on a Wed night againest Jerry’s Kids.

    Then 18 weeks after that is wild card weekend

    Then 4 weeks latter the NY Giants will host the SB and play in it as well !!!!!!

    So for the rest of the NFC enjoy your summer fall is not looking so good for you

    A true fan just X’s out every sunday all day and night and Monday nights

    Who cares who plays who when?

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