Signs still point to schedule release on Tuesday

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Every day, we get more and more emails asking for information about the release of the 2012 regular-season schedule.

And so, even though we’ve written about the topic a few times (or more), it’s time for a quick refresher.

In three of the past four years, as charted by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the schedule has been released the second Tuesday before the draft.  In 2010, the schedule came on the Tuesday of draft week.

This year, the signs point to the schedule being released on Tuesday, April 17.  Indeed, the listings for ESPN continue to indicate that a SportsCenter Special:  NFL Schedule Release will be televised at 7:00 p.m. ET.

That said, an ESPN spokesman told PFT last week that the listing represents ESPN’s estimate of when the schedule will be released.  The online schedule for NFL Network continues to show that Total Access will air at that time, with no mention of the schedule release.  Also, during his most recent Friday appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Rich Eisen of NFLN explained that, basically, the schedule isn’t released until it’s released, and that the schedule passes through many levels and layers before it officially is unveiled.

Still, if I were a gambling man (and as far as the IRS knows I’m not . . . and I sure hope the folks at the IRS have a sense of humor), I’d bet the Fisher Price farm on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.