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Schedule apparently is coming on April 16


It’s now officially the time to look for the unofficial clues regarding the date on which the NFL will release the 2013 schedule.

And the biggest clue comes via Mark Durant of the Greenfield (Mass.) Recorder, who has passed along to PFT that he spotted among NFL Network’s online listings a Schedule Release Show to be aired on Tuesday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Landing nine days before the draft, the timing makes sense. Also, Tuesday has become the usual day of the week on which the NFL pulls the sheet off the new schedule.

The strangest aspect of the listing is that the NFL in recent years has kept the listings for NFL Network vague in the weeks before the schedule release, allowing for flexibility and also creating buzz as folks with nothing better to do (i.e., me) wonder when we’ll find out the “when” that goes with what we already know -- the “who” and the “where.”

Think about that for a second. We already know the opponents and the locations for all 256 regular-season games. But yet the announcement of the week-by-week configuration of the games will be the dominant news of the sports world, for at least one news cycle.

Eat that, Orioles.