The NFL still doesn’t have a firm plan for the release of the 2014 regular-season schedule. A source with knowledge of the process says the current target is Wednesday, with the possibility it will be nudged to Thursday.
As of last week, Tuesday was the target, with a caveat that the release date could slide to Wednesday or Thursday.
One factor that surely will influence the process is (or at least should be) the daily schedule of NHL and NBA playoff games. By not releasing the slate of games last Tuesday, before the postseasons in basketball or hockey, the NFL squandered a chance to clearly own the day.
Instead, the NFL will be trying to box out two other sports that have advanced to their postseasons. If the league fails to build the kind of buzz it usually does by adding the “when” to the “who” and “where” for 256 regular-season games, guys like Mark Cuban will have another reason to crow.