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NFL to Release 2016 Schedule With Three-Hour Special

The NFL is all about big business and the brand, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that league officials had no interest in getting caught up in the steam roll that is the NBA playoffs.

Hoping to hostage a Thursday night like it was September or October, the NFL just announced that the release of the 2016 regular season schedule has been bumped up a week to Thursday in primetime.

As only the NFL can do, the show will be a three-hour bonanza:

The 2016 NFL schedule will be released on NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile from Verizon on Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 PM ET.

NFL Network’s coverage will be highlighted by 2016 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon on Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 PM ET, a three-hour special hosted by Rich Eisen and featuring analysts Eric Davis, Kurt Warner, Shaun O’Hara, Brian Billick and Michael Silver. The special will break down the entire 2016 NFL regular season schedule, division by division, analyzing the top matchups and primetime games, including the 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS, NBC and NFL Network.

2016 NFL Schedule Release will include reports and interviews from several NFL cities and team facilities weighing in on the 2016 schedule, including Denver where the season will kick-off.

NFL Network hosts, reporters and analysts will be stationed in the following locations:

Denver – Jeff Darlington

Dallas – Albert Breer

New York – Kim Jones

Pittsburgh – Aditi Kinkhabwala

Arizona – Alex Flanagan

Houston – Tiffany Blackmon

Oxnard (Rams) – Steve Wyche

San Francisco – Patrick Claybon

The Super Bowl champions will open the season in prime time on a Thursday night Sept. 8.

-- Glenn Erby

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