Update (11:30 a.m. ET): The NFL has announced that the 2013 schedule will be released on Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
The 2013 NFL regular-season football schedule will not be released today, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Monday.
The schedule was tentatively set to be released tonight, and a schedule release show was listed in online TV schedules for the NFL Network.
“The schedule will be released as soon as we have one. We don’t have one yet. We’re working on it. Should be soon. Stay tuned,” Aiello said in a video.
John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal tweeted yesterday that the schedule will now be released in the “next week or two.”
The delay is likely related to the fact that the 256-game slate now includes “three prime-time games per week and 17 total Thursday games” and the uncertainty of where Super Bowl champion Baltimore would play their season-opener.
It was finally decided late last month that, due to an Orioles series in Baltimore on opening weekend, the Ravens will open on the road. They will play either an AFC North foe (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Miami or Buffalo.
As for when the 2013 NFL schedule will be finally released, most signs point to Tuesday, April 23. According to Yahoo, the NFL released the 2010 schedule on April 20, the 2011 schedule on April 19, and the 2012 schedule on April 17. Each of those days was a Tuesday and prior to the NFL draft. The 2013 draft is set for Thursday, April 25.