Schedule release coming soon, as usual

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With baseball in the early stages of the regular season and hockey and basketball rocketing toward the postseason, the NFL continues to find ways to upstage other big-time sports while in its offseason.  Soon, the NFL will take center stage again by adding the “when” to the “who” and the “where” for each of the 256 regular-season games to be played in 2015.

Usually, it happens in the middle of a mid-April week, with next Tuesday (April 14) being the earliest date for doing it and the last Thursday before the draft (April 23) likely being the deadline.

NFL Network has been running promos for the schedule release, with no specifics as to when the schedule will actually be released.  But it’s coming soon, and it’ll manage to box out all those other sports when it happens.

30 responses to “Schedule release coming soon, as usual

  1. Baseball is nothing more than a semi-decent filler between football seasons that could be so much better with a hard salary cap.

    As long as there are franchises like the Yankees simply outspending their opponents the regular season in baseball may as well not even be played.

  2. I hope the NFL tries to do something different match-ups on Thursdays this season considering AFC East plays the NFC East instead of the same ol divisional match ups

    Bills vs Eagles would make for a good thurs night game

  3. I’ll be curious who the Patriots’ NFC opponent will be next February in Santa Clara…

  4. Reminder : the league schedules are made years in advance. As far as when games are played, the networks rule. TV executives have already chosen the games they want for November sweeps week., for example.
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  5. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling a Thurs nite game between Tennessee and Jacksonville. I’m peeing myself with excitement.

  6. sec328onroute1 says:
    Apr 6, 2015 2:10 PM
    I’ll be curious who the Patriots’ NFC opponent will be next February in Santa Clara…
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    Better hope its not NYG.

  7. “Better hope its not NYG.”

    It won’t be. The Giants haven’t been relevant since 2011 and that won’t be changing anytime soon. Three seasons with no playoffs and counting.

  8. denverdude7 says: Apr 6, 2015 2:08 PM

    Baseball is nothing more than a semi-decent filler between football seasons that could be so much better with a hard salary cap.

    As long as there are franchises like the Yankees simply outspending their opponents the regular season in baseball may as well not even be played.
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    Since free agency in the NFL there have been as many different World Series winners as there has been Super Bowl champs.

  9. This another Goodell idea!!! used to get it around the first of April & could count on it!!! Like Goodell can’t count on him or anything like it used to be!!!

  10. And then Peter King can spend his next 4 MMQB articles writing about how amazing the process is and how Team X playing three straight late season games is no big deal but the Patriots leaving their time zone is a major issue. And then he’ll dedicate 1000 words to Tom Brady followed by 3000 words about coffee, beer and having to travel.

  11. “One constant – over half of the Dallas Cowboys games will be Nationally televised in PrimeTime.”

    With the obligatory 4 or 5 shots of Jerry in his owners box. I believe that’s part of the NFL’s TV contract.

  12. The NFL likely has some kinks they have to work out:

    For example, in Philadelphia what originally was likely to be a home date in Week 3 for the Eagles can’t be due to the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia that is expected to draw 1-2 million people to Philly in late September. That likely forces the NFL for example to have the Eagles in Week 4 at home against the Giants since the Eagles can only be at home in Week 4 on Monday night AND it needs to be a game that could be easily flip-flopped in case Major League Baseball needs to have the parking lots clear if the Phillies have to play a makeup of a rainout at home that Monday (Oct. 5), the day after the finish of the regular season and that game has to be at night because it’s against a west coast team having to fly cross-country to make the game up due to it deciding the NL West.

    Those are just examples of what they NFL has to account for when they make up the schedule.

  13. The best thing about baseball season starting is knowing that football season will begin before baseball season is over. Also predicting Eagles at Cowboys Week 17.

  14. The best thing about MLB Opening Day, the NCAA Basketball season culmination, NHL and NBA playoffs starting in April, the Masters starting soon….All mean one thing we’re getting closer to opening night of the NFL season.

  15. They should have a 2 hour show going week by week schedule. They will make money and don’t have to mess with the rest of the real season or playoff schedule which is perfect.

  16. Den verdure u r spot on. There are too many teams in baseball who r out of it already before the first pitch is even thrown.

  17. I don’t care how popular a sport is, announcing a schedule cannot “upstage” actual games. All you people badmouthing baseball have no idea what you’re talking about – it’s a lot better than you think. But that’s fine. Enjoy talking about the fall NFL schedule before rosters are even set or we even know what teams are going to look like.

  18. I can’t get excited about learning the exact dates of games.
    We’ve known 90% of this seasons schedule for years. Known the full slate of games the moment week 17 ended.
    Just don’t get the hype of anticipation to find out the Pats (or whomever) play the Bills (or whomever) week 5.

  19. Can’t wait for the schedule so I can circle the 2 wins my Vikes are getting this season!!

  20. “Packers vs. Seahawks to start MNF would be great!”

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    That will NOT be relegated to cable tv, sorry. That is more than likely a Late Sunday Fox game of the week.

    And who’s to ay Philadelphia has to play giants week 4? If they want they could have Philadelphia go on the road three of the first four weeks.

  21. I know everyone here (author included) is a hugely biased NFL fan, but come on. I don’t care what sport it is or how popular it professes to be, announcement of a schedule will never “upstage” actual games being played in other sports.

    Baseball isn’t quite as dead as you may want it to be, no matter how many times or in how many ways you try to say it.

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