Schedule Due Tuesday?

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There are unconfirmed reports that the NFL regular season schedule will be released during primetime hours tomorrow night.  Most of these rumors surround a 2 hour block of time that has been put aside by one of the ESPN channels for the release.  No confirmation as of yet from the NFL league offices, I was told they have nothing new to release as of yet.  Conversely, at last check, the NFL Network has not blocked any openings for the schedule release, but then again, they really don’t need to specifically block a time schedule.

I suppose the real question is does anyone really care at this point?  To me it seems the draft, the biggest off-season NFL draw, is an afterthought honestly.  This year I will be out of town for the draft and for the first time since 1983 I will not be watching the draft in my living room.  I will instead be watching from a beach house in South Carolina.  Why is that important?  Simply put, I don’t care if I miss the 3rd day of the draft this year or not and honestly won’t be too upset if I find myself trying to ride a wave instead of all the pre-draft lead-ins.

With the lockout in place, and now talk that both sides are simply going through the motions of mediation to appease the judge hearing the Brady case, I wonder if the schedule serves as a reminder of when the season is set to start or an idea of what games may be missed.  If the rumors that both sides are simply staging mediation to appease the orders of the judge and that both sides simply believe they will get a better deal in court, then I suppose the draft, the schedule, and anything else they wish to throw at the fans is nothing short of bull.

The draft gets circled on calendars a year in advance.  Meaning that as soon as one draft officially ends, there are mock drafts a day later for the following year.  And yes, there are a lot of people who read them.  This year just simply seems to be a “whatever” type of draft build up and at least in my opinion, the schedule really doesn’t seem all that newsworthy.

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