As part of a big week for the NFL offseason that also includes the NFL Draft, the league will announce its 2010 regular-season schedule live on NFL Network and NFL.com on Tuesday, April 20, at 7pm ET. ESPN will also examine the schedule with a special three-hour SportsCenter Special: Schedule Release program live from 7-9pm ET on ESPN2 and continuing from 9-10pm ET on ESPN. Full info from NFL Network and ESPN below:
EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2010 NFL SCHEDULE IN PRIMETIME ON NFL.COM AND NFL NETWORK
SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT LIVE TUESDAY, APRIL 20 AT 7:00 PM ET
NFL.com Unveils Complete Team-by-Team, Week-by-Week Schedules Via a New Interactive Web Application
Two-Hour NFL Network Special Answers Top 10 Questions about 2010 NFL Schedule
Which team will play the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in the first regular-season game? Who will PEYTON MANNING, ADRIAN PETERSON, TONY ROMO and TOM BRADY take on in their season openers with the Colts, Vikings, Cowboys and Patriots, respectively? Who plays the Giants and Jets on Kickoff Weekend in their new stadium? When will DONOVAN MC NABB and the Redskins face the Philadelphia Eagles? Who will play in the primetime games and the Thanksgiving matchups?
These questions and many more will be answered when the 2010 NFL schedule is released in primetime. The complete NFL schedule will be unveiled exclusively on NFL.com on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM ET. At the same time on Tuesday, NFL Network will feature a two-hour special, NFL Total Access: 2010 Schedule Release Presented by GMC Sierra. It is a perfect occasion for “two-screen” experience with the NFL.
For fans who want to see their team’s entire schedule immediately, NFL.com is the place to visit on Tuesday at 7:00 PM ET. NFL.com will be the first site to have the complete team-by-team and weekly schedules of all 256 regular-season games, listing opponents, sites and times. NFL.com will include a new interactive application giving fans a voice through fan forums, rating the schedules and answering poll questions.
Fans can now view NFL.com’s interactive schedule for the 2010 season at www.nfl.com/schedules/interactive. The interactive map charts team travel according to their schedules with travel distance, weather and additional information. Fans can rate their favorite team’s games, overall schedule toughness, answer additional poll questions and post comments.
Other features will include analysis by NFL.com reporters and breakdowns of the schedules. NFL.com will indicate which games will be on CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and NFL Network. There will be printer-friendly versions of the team-by-team and week-by-week schedules.
The NFL Draft and NFL Scouting Combine have grown into highly popular events and the NFL Total Access: 2010 Schedule Release Presented by GMC Sierra is another opportunity for fans to connect with the NFL and see for the first time where, when, and what time their favorite teams will play next season, as well as to analyze and debate the NFL schedule.
NFL Network’s NFL Total Access: 2010 Schedule Release special focuses on answering and debating the top 10 questions about the 2010 NFL schedule.
NFL Network analysts will give their perspectives on the following questions; which teams have the hardest and easiest schedules, the top matchups including when Peyton Manning and the Colts face his younger brother ELI and the Giants, the primetime games as well as players making debuts with new teams, including Donovan McNabb and the Redskins, LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON with the Jets, JULIUS PEPPERS joining Chicago’s defense, and other free agent players and head coaches moving to new teams.
Additional topics include who has the most difficult road schedule, which playoff teams have the toughest path back to the playoffs, who is playing in primetime, and the most intriguing matchups.
These questions will be answered as NFL Network carries the prime-time schedule show special for the second year in a row. NFL Network also looks at the top games of 2010, the NFC Championship Game rematch between the Saints and Vikings, the Colts taking on the Patriots, the Cowboys’ December schedule, who has the easiest schedule to start the season, and where will the #1 pick in the upcoming draft make his debut with the Rams?
The special concludes with early picks for who will win Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
SportsCenter Special: Schedule Release
Tuesday, April 20 – 7-9 p.m., ESPN2 and 9-10 p.m., ESPN
When the National Football League announces its 2010 regular season schedule, ESPN’s SportsCenter Special: Schedule Release will review the entire slate of games Tuesday, April 20 (7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and continuing from 9-10 p.m. on ESPN). The three-hour SportsCenter Special will examine individual team schedules, key matchups, Monday Night Football games, national TV games and other schedule highlights.
Trey Wingo will host the SportsCenter Special with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Tim Hasselbeck and Darren Woodson, as well as NFL Insider Adam Schefter. A number of NFL players and other guests are also expected to participate in live interviews.
The program will be aired in a compressed format similar to ESPN’s NFL Draft presentation with scrolling team-by-team updates.