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Signs for schedule release still point to April 17

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Over the weekend, we shared an item from Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, which seemed to suggest based on recent history that the 2012 schedule will be released on Tuesday, April 17.

Perhaps more significantly, the TVGuide.com listings for Tuesday, April 17, continue to show a “SportsCenter Special:  NFL Schedule Release” at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

At ESPN.com, the listings for April 17 at 7:00 p.m. show merely a “SportsCenter Special” for the main network, with no description as to the purpose for the special edition of the mother ship’s flagship show.

So, for now, it sure looks like the schedule is coming next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE 10:05 a.m. ET:  An ESPN spokesman tells PFT that the listing reflects the network’s estimate of when the schedule will be released, and not any actual inside information as to when the schedule will come out.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says simply that the schedule will be released “soon,” which is at least more informative than “at some point before September.”

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8 Responses to “Signs for schedule release still point to April 17”
  1. darkchilde00 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:06 AM

    Texans @ Lions Thanksgiving Day is all I want to see :)

  2. theralph2012 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:48 AM

    To me, the schedule release day is exciting and an extremely underrated part of the NFL offseason, the only problem is hearing the suits ramble on about how important the bye week is for 5 minutes between every week’s unveiling.

  3. gotampabay52 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    Sean payton cant be in team after april 16 schedule comrs out april 17th I like it screwwho dat nation

  4. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:02 AM

    give my bills a primetime game at home! i actually think the rest of the league would enjoy watching us in a big game. plus you would get to watch us crazy fans go insane all night

  5. whitemike55 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:28 AM

    Something tells me that the “Fake” NFL schedule that was released a few weeks ago has a good chance and being pretty spot on.

    As a Texans fan this schedule makes sense. We open on the road in Denver for Sunday Night Football, Manning vs. old rival Texans. Plus Broncos and Texans both made it to 2nd rd of playoffs. (Since we have opened at hm. 3 years in a row.)

    Ravens at Texans on MNF, rematch of last years playoff game.

    Texans at Lions Thanksgiving Day. 2 high powered offenses and defenses that get after the QB.

    I’m just ready to see the Real schedule to confirm. Already planning on either traveling to Denver for opening night. or New York Jets Dec. 23rd

    GO TEXANS!

  6. sportsfuhnatic says: Apr 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    That ESPN spokesman just gave the worst cover up/misdirection I’ve ever heard.

  7. 49erstim says: Apr 10, 2012 11:20 AM

    If its anything like the release of the salary cap number then it’ll be interesting to see teams booking flights the night before their games! :-p

  8. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2012 1:37 PM

    Standing by with baited breath.

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