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.

46 responses to “NFL schedule release not coming this week

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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……..

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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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