The NFL is expected to announced its 2014 schedule before the draft. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The NFL has already released their schedule for the preseason, but fans around the league are still anxiously awaiting the release of the full 2014 regular-season schedule. Last week there were reports that the schedule release was targeted for Tuesday, but that timeline now seems to be delayed.
While we may not know the exact date of the release, the league appears to be well on schedule to have all 256 games announced before the 2014 NFL draft.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, a source with knowledge of the situation now says that the schedule release is now targeted for either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
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The NFL always takes its time setting a firm date for the schedule release in order to build anticipation, and this year is no different. Florio suggests that one factor influencing the NFL's decision to delay the release is the NHL and NBA playoffs.
The NFL always looks to dominate the headlines and it has not been shy about stealing the spotlight, so it could ultimately decide to delay the schedule release until there are key elimination games in the other major North American sports.
It isn't often that a schedule release is so highly anticipated, but this is just another testament to the immense popularity of the NFL.