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.

12 responses to “Signs still point to schedule release on Tuesday

  1. Is it any question what Americas sport is ? We are waiting and anticipating the release of schedules for games to be played in September. Don’t screw yer league up NFL yer the undisputed champ right now

  2. raiders broncos opening night on MNF……..down goes peyton…
    …As the QB to score the most points against a team in a single game is how you meant to finish that.

  3. This clearly illustrates how much better run football is than baseball. Baseball started their season at 6am in Japan. Then they played another week of exhibition,then teams played their first real game on different dates. Most people probably didn’t even know baseball started.

    Contrast that with the nfl where the simple announcement of the schedule is an event.

    Anybody want to bet that the opening dual Monday nighters will involve both Peyton and tebow

  4. Gregg Williams is betting 3 ACL’s and a torn labrum the schedule will be out on Tuesday.


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