League to announce draft attendees on Tuesday

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In the clearest indication yet that the NFL won’t be announcing the 2014 regular-season schedule on Tuesday, the league has announced that it will be announcing something else.

At 7:00 p.m. ET, the NFL will unveil the players who’ll attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall.

Before the league moved the draft to prime time, only a handful of players were asked to attend.  Last year, 23 players initially were announced as attendees; cornerback Darius Slay was added later to make it 24.

Three years ago, a mini-controversy emerged when the NFLPA toyed with the idea of urging rookies to not attend the draft during the lockout.  Eventually, the union endorsed the decision of players to accept the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive a bear hug from the Commissioner and/or to languish in the green room.