Signs for schedule release still point to April 17

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Over the weekend, we shared an item from Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, which seemed to suggest based on recent history that the 2012 schedule will be released on Tuesday, April 17.

Perhaps more significantly, the TVGuide.com listings for Tuesday, April 17, continue to show a “SportsCenter Special:  NFL Schedule Release” at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

At ESPN.com, the listings for April 17 at 7:00 p.m. show merely a “SportsCenter Special” for the main network, with no description as to the purpose for the special edition of the mother ship’s flagship show.

So, for now, it sure looks like the schedule is coming next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

UPDATE 10:05 a.m. ET:  An ESPN spokesman tells PFT that the listing reflects the network’s estimate of when the schedule will be released, and not any actual inside information as to when the schedule will come out.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says simply that the schedule will be released “soon,” which is at least more informative than “at some point before September.”