The NFL has announced it will release the 2020 NFL schedule in a special release show this Thursday at 8PM EST on NFL Network.
NFL 2020 regular-season schedule officially will be released Thursday night at 8 PM ET.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 4, 2020
In previous years, the schedule has been released the week before the NFL draft. With some uncertainty as to if the season will be able to start on time or the procedures in which games could possibly be held, the NFL had more issues to iron out this year before announcing the schedule. One possible adjustment is the scheduling of international games, many of which included teams who had already been notified. According to NFL.com, the NFL will be skipping their international schedule for the 2020 season.
NFL update on 2020 season schedule.— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 4, 2020
Between making theses adjustments and possibly tweaking the schedule to where it could be altered should things change between now and September, coming up with a very complex schedule appears to have taken a little longer than in years past. Even with all the issues behind determining a schedule getting ironed out in order to be released, there are still other questions which remain. Will games be played in front of fans? If so, will stadiums be allowed to operate at full capacity? Will the NFL go ahead and sell tickets to games as usual and adjust to these questions at a later time?
While the schedule release is an opportunity for many fans to plan trips to see their favorite NFL team in action, this year there are still many uncertainties for some fans to commit to purchasing tickets in advance. But when it comes to fans being able to know when they’ll be able to see their team in action on television, the release of the schedule gives the specifics for fans to be excited about this fall.
Will the Steelers open the season on the road for a league-leading sixth season in a row? How many games will be scheduled for primetime? Will the trip to face the Dallas Cowboys be on Thanksgiving Day? All of these questions will be answered Thursday night.