Football fans everywhere have eagerly anticipated the official release of the 2013 NFL schedule, but they have received few definitive answers. That is no longer the case, however, as a time and date has been announced.
According to NFL public relations representative Greg Aiello, the NFL will officially release the full schedule on Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
2013 regular-season schedule will be announced at 8 pm ET on Thursday (April 18).— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) April 16, 2013
The schedule release has become an offseason holiday of sorts for NFL fans over the years on par with the draft and free agency. There is no question that many will have their eyes glued to the television on Thursday night.
While the home and away matchups have already been released, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, it remains to be seen when the games will take place and which games will be contested during prime time on Sunday, Monday or Thursday night.
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With marquee tilts like the Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers and several others on tap, it should be interesting to see how the schedule is ultimately laid out.
There are a number of different things that fans look for when perusing the schedule.
For fans of teams in cold-weather cities, there is often hope that there are more home games early in the season than there are late. For fans of teams who are looking to make it back to the playoffs, the strength of schedule during the final month of the season is of particular interest.
Since the NFL has such a short schedule compared to other major sports, each and every game truly matters. Fans will consult the schedule for weeks and months to come, and they'll even plan their lives around it for at least four months.
The NFL schedule release is a huge deal for fans, but luckily the wait is almost over.
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