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NFL schedule release not coming this week

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Previously, the NFL told PFT that the 2014 regular-season schedule was on target for a mid-April release.

Mid-April comes Tuesday, technically.  And the schedule isn’t coming at all this week.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said earlier today on Twitter than the schedule won’t be released this week, with an homage (intended or otherwise) to Yogi Berra:  “We will announce when we will announce it.”

That’s pretty much the way it works every year.  There’s no set date; the league pulls the sheet off the schedule when it’s ready.

Typically, the schedule is released before the draft.  With the draft moved back two weeks, the league has two more weeks to conclude the complex process of scheduling 256 regular-season games.

Like a kid who gets two extra weeks to turn in a term paper, the NFL has two extra weeks to finish the schedule.  It’s likely be released next week (which would have been draft week) or the week after.

And when it’s released, it’ll be the biggest story in the sports world, even through we already know who will play whom and where the games will be played.

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46 Responses to “NFL schedule release not coming this week”
  1. andrewluck12 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:03 PM

    Honestly I feel bad for the schedule makers.

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Apr 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    Football schedule ……get a life !

  3. jmonty1102 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:20 PM

    I hope the jets play at Tennessee or Green Bay on a weekend I can make. Started a tradition of going to an away game a year

  4. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Apr 14, 2014 5:20 PM

    They have to move the SF @ SEA to the later half of the schedule to ensure Kaepernick and Aldon Smith have retruned from their respective suspensions.

  5. rxv5854 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:22 PM

    They should definitely wait a week so the schedule release becomes a bigger story than the NBA playoffs. Just to stick it to that idiot Mark Cuban.

  6. greenbleeder says: Apr 14, 2014 5:24 PM

    Is it Draft Day yet?

  7. nyctraffic says: Apr 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    I wonder if the Browns will even make the schedule this year.

  8. scw37 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    Pushing back the draft was a terrible idea…now they have to hype up the schedule release…jeeez I might have to start watching baseball at this rate…

  9. shatho1 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:47 PM

    even through we already know who will play whom and where the games will be played.

    well if u already know then why don’t u just let the readers know too

  10. vusnu says: Apr 14, 2014 5:48 PM

    Oh no! What are we going to do??

  11. thevikesarebest says: Apr 14, 2014 5:51 PM

    Here’s a spoiler alert for the vikings schedule:they will finish 12-4 as NFC north champs.SKOL

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 14, 2014 5:56 PM

    Actually a better Berra ism might have been,

    “It ain’t comin’ over the wire till the fat lady sinks.”.

  13. jjb0811 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    Hoping Chargers get a Monday nighter, want to visit that city BAD! Did DC to watch the 9′ers destroy my Skins last year; too cold!

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 14, 2014 6:10 PM

    I don’t need a schedule to know the redskins are going to go 5-11…

  15. stlouisramsbaby says: Apr 14, 2014 6:11 PM

    Just Keep St. Louis @ Seattle to close the season. Looking forward to kicking their butts to close out the regular season on our way to the playoffs. Go Rams!!!

  16. ariani1985 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:13 PM

    Will they also release the date when the Packers lose in the first round?

  17. thebadguyswon says: Apr 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    Biggest story in sports? LOL. Yeah, right.

    Biggest story on PFT.

  18. channer81 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    Wonder how much more those flights and hotels are gonna cost teams not to mention those who travel to see their teams especially for road games.

  19. theclink12 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:28 PM

    Dallas fans don’t care.

    They already know they are going 8-8.

  20. justwinbaby29 says: Apr 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    I’m guessing the schedule will be announced on Thursday, April 24th. We’re going to have to wait another 10 days.

  21. hollymolley says: Apr 14, 2014 6:42 PM

    Really…. Since they FIXED the San Fran game I have very little faith in your entire organization. Who ya gonna FIX next ? Yea sure the N F L. I think it’s all over. At least for me. ( and others ? ) A bunch of Wackers……..

  22. number1hawkfan says: Apr 14, 2014 7:03 PM

    I the that Vikings fan predicting 12-4 is dislexic. I think he meant 4-12.

  23. watermelon1 says: Apr 14, 2014 7:08 PM

    Actually you DONT know where every game will be played.

    Remember when you just assumed the Super Bowl champion Ravens would host the Thursday night opener?

    Until they didn’t…

    And playing certain teams at certain times of the year means you’re playing an entirely different team than at other times of the year.

    For instance… Peyton manning in cold weather. Or the chargers before December. Or the cowboys after September.

    If you play the jets week 1, you’re likely to face Michael Vick. If you play then after week 1, he’s likely to be out with injury.

    Don’t act as if this has no tangible value. A lot of ticket holders have to plan their travels or work vacation, and other obligations.

    And let’s also not act like schedule making is hard. It’s not. Specially for an organization that has been doing it with the same format for years. It’s not hard at all, and yes… I could easily make a schedule that includes great television.

    It’s all scripted anyway, right?

  24. kingpel says: Apr 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    stlouisramsbaby says:
    Apr 14, 2014 6:11 PM

    Just Keep St. Louis @ Seattle to close the season. Looking forward to kicking their butts to close out the regular season on our way to the playoffs. Go Rams!!!
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    I hate the Seahawks but am getting used to spending New Years in Seattle. Good times!

  25. flyinhighwithvick says: Apr 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    They needed to do some last minute finagling and get the Eagles and Redskins to a prime time match up.

  26. bullcharger says: Apr 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    We may know the games and where they are played, but the order and time of the games matter. Analyzing the schedule is fun. Going game by game and predicting records etc. Of course it could be irrelevant once the season starts, but it’s still fun. The main thing is I get to pick which game or games I’m going to. As a Patriots fan, it would be great to get to Lambeau this year to see the game and see such a historic and great stadium at the same time, but I’m not going in December!

  27. bullcharger says: Apr 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    One thing that is interesting when the schedule is released is to see if any teams have really tough stretches… especially to start the season. Teams that could start 0-4 because of who they start against.

  28. darkneptune73 says: Apr 14, 2014 7:43 PM

    So which teams will get screwed by the schedule makers this year? Titans? Browns? Panthers?

  29. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    It’s just the schedule NFL! Get over yourselves it’s not a big deal.

  30. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 14, 2014 7:56 PM

    stlouisramsbaby says:
    Apr 14, 2014 6:11 PM

    Just Keep St. Louis @ Seattle to close the season. Looking forward to kicking their butts to close out the regular season on our way to the playoffs. Go Rams!!!
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    I hate the Seahawks but am getting used to spending New Years in Seattle. Good times!

    *******************

    Not a fan of either, but Seattle is a cool place to visit.

  31. ar1888 says: Apr 14, 2014 8:47 PM

    I dont understand why the schedule release date is always a big secret until the last minute.

  32. staffordsyear says: Apr 14, 2014 8:51 PM

    Just wait, in the near future the nfl schedule will be spread out over 4 days and you can watch it for 59.99 on payperview.

  33. fifthinterception says: Apr 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    It’s been two and a half months since that the superbowl. The draft should be happening NOW

  34. overdrawnagain says: Apr 14, 2014 9:27 PM

    As someone said earlier, hard for me to get fired up when my team (rams) are about to embark on an 11th consecutive year w/ a losing record. 5-11 and Bradford will be done before Halloween.

  35. overdrawnagain says: Apr 14, 2014 9:29 PM

    Can the schedule maker forget the rams this yr? I can’t WAIT for an 11th consecutive losing record!

  36. funshipm174 says: Apr 14, 2014 9:49 PM

    I’m not a Seahawks fan, but an N.F.L. fan, and hopefully the Seahawks are able to open up on the first Thursday night of the N.F.L. season and not be pushed put by a baseball team that was out of contention and going nowhere anyway (hello Baltimore)

  37. overdrawnagain says: Apr 14, 2014 9:55 PM

    Ok…just saw the teams Stl plays….4-12

  38. ramitbaby says: Apr 14, 2014 10:03 PM

    There’s nothing “complex” about it once you have every venue’s event commitments. I could do it by hand in a 40 hr work week….in two days if I use a computer.

  39. paastahtroy says: Apr 14, 2014 11:44 PM

    Get real… Rams will get their butts handed to them by the Hawks like they do every year.

  40. mrba4775 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:46 PM

    How About Them Cowboys!!!

  41. steves11 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:55 AM

    Why so complicated? Just tell me how many primetime games the Eagles have.

  42. invizibleskull says: Apr 15, 2014 5:42 AM

    without taking the day of the week the game lands on in to account and treating the bye as one of 17 options per week #’s work out at around 1:6,000,000,000,000,000+. With a base ratio of 90%-95% chance of a sunday game each week (total guess-timate) looking closer to 10,000,000,000,000,000. Those #’s are in the Quadrillions, FYI.

  43. whatjusthapped says: Apr 15, 2014 6:46 AM

    I hope its the Packers/Vikings in week 1. We could use an easy W out of the gate.

  44. csidedave says: Apr 15, 2014 8:45 AM

    Like everything else in the NFL, it comes down to maximizing revenue, putting as many big market teams into the most attractive spots.

  45. millarddjr says: Apr 15, 2014 9:51 AM

    All I know is Denver @ NE will be somewhere during weeks 12-14. They’re hoping for a prime time battle of undefeated teams……

  46. goodknave says: Apr 15, 2014 4:48 PM

    Watermelon: “Let’s not act like making the schedule is hard.”

    Really? Go on the Rams’ website and enter their $100,000 contest. It’s hard to do for even just one team. Balancing home/road, working in the bye week, making sure they play a divisional opponent in Week 17, factoring in prime time games…etc.

    It’s not easy at all.

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