Preseason schedule coming Monday

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The 2017 regular-season schedule is coming soon. Coming sooner than that will be the preseason schedule.

The NFL announced recently that the preseason schedule will be announced at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday.

The 65-game non-game games will start with the Cardinals and Cowboys playing in the Hall of Fame game, which will get started on a Thursday night this year in order to avoid last year’s debacle that occurred as the NFL transitioned the venue from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony to the Colts-Packers game that never was.

Perhaps the most noteworthy of the remaining 64 games will be the CBS prime-time game, since it will be the official debut of new No. 1 analyst Tony Romo.

The games themselves continue to be glorified practice sessions. Not long ago, the league regularly criticized the quality of preseason games, in an apparent effort to justify swapping two preseason games for a pair of extra regular-season games. With the 18-game season meeting widespread resistance, the NFL quickly stopped complaining about the preseason.

The league has the ability under the current labor deal to reduce the preseason by two games without the agreement of the union. It was believed at one point that the league would vow to do just that, hoping that the union would respond by offering to expand the regular season in order to recoup the lost revenue. But the NFL Players Association could end up calling the league’s bluff, with both sides losing a large chunk of preseason revenue — and the losses hitting the teams more significantly than each of the league’s players.

16 responses to “Preseason schedule coming Monday

  1. Two game preseason, one home and one away.

    Except, instead of playing at the team’s regular stadium, it becomes a traveling show in their region. For example, Packers in Madison, Vikings at FargoDome, Lions in Mt Pleasant at Central Michigan U, Bears in Champaign.

    If they use smaller stadiums (Lions & Vikings in example) they are more likely to sell out. Plus, families can take their kids without the travel time and regular season prices.

  2. murphyslaw40 says:
    Two game preseason, one home and one away.
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    Even better idea…..

    Abolish preseason completely.

    Its a farce, and yet another NFL fan rip-off.

    Have more pre-season intra-squad scrimmages for guys to get snaps and live practice; but then get right into a 19-game regular season, keep 90 man rosters, and give current guys the opportunity to only play 16 of 19 games if they want; simple.

    This then gives the NFL the chance for each team to play 3 games at neutral venues and the expansion opportunities they seem to want……

  3. Why would the NFL not complain about preseason games? They gut season ticket holders full rate prices and offer a glorified scrimmage.

  4. I love the preseason. I like watching guys fight for jobs. Tickets are less than half price, and you don’t have to worry about winning. To call them non-games games is a disrespect to every NFL player who won a job in the preseason.

  5. Why can’t the whole preseason be held in England? The weather is better there that time of year, no Premier League to compete against, the travel headaches would be minimized prior to the regular season, and the owners could have a stable presence there like they long desired.

    I hope the powers-that-be gets this message…

  6. After months with no football I am actually stoked about this. I know it’s pathetic and I don’t care.

  7. Swap a pair of pre-season games for 1 additional regular season game and 1 additional bye week per team.

  8. I cannot wait for the release of the preseason schedule. Hopefully they give the Raiders a preseason game at Sam Boyd Stadium, to start the process of getting used to the southern Nevada market. A Rams vs Chargers game would make perfect sense. Opposite conferences and no travel expenses.

  9. re: micronin127 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:40 PM
    Swap a pair of pre-season games for 1 additional regular season game and 1 additional bye week per team.

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    Yes! Play the 17th game at a neutral court such as London, Toronto, Mex City, San Antonio, Oakland, St Louis, San Diego. Play the “home” exhibition game at a nearby college stadium with quality turf, such as Ravens playing at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium in Annapolis or at Byrd Stadium in College Park (at greatly reduced prices).

    Everyone wins: paying fans save 20% of their season tickets costs, while players & owners gain gazzilions in new revenue by adding two weeks to the regular season schedule.

    To prevent the inevitable player squawking: Increase the rosters and allow every player a week off. except QBs, kickers, long snappers & holders.

  10. Yes! Play the 17th game at a neutral court such as London, Toronto, Mex City, San Antonio, Oakland, St Louis, San Diego. Play the “home” exhibition game at a nearby college stadium with quality turf, such as Ravens playing at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium in Annapolis or at Byrd Stadium in College Park (at greatly reduced prices).

    Everyone wins: paying fans save 20% of their season tickets costs, while players & owners gain gazzilions in new revenue by adding two weeks to the regular season schedule.

    To prevent the inevitable player squawking: Increase the rosters and allow every player a week off. except QBs, kickers, long snappers & holders.

    I been saying the same thing! Put NFL games Albuquerque, Omaha, Boise, Vancouver, Italy and Germany also!

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