We’ve been told the NFL will release its 2020 regular season schedule “no later” than May 9th. Over the last couple of weeks, however, there’s been talk that the schedule release could be delayed as the league continues to consider possible scenarios in the Age of COVID-19. Some have opined that it doesn’t make any sense for the NFL to announce a schedule that begins in September when there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty as to whether it’ll be safe to play in September.
Whether that’s the case or not, the NFL’s lead public relations officer reiterated earlier this week that the 2020 regular season schedule “should be out by May 9th.”
Should be out by May 9th as we've said. Kickoff slated for Sept. 10 and the 101th season concludes w/ Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Feb. 7, 2021. https://t.co/8YizywybGJ— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) April 29, 2020
Now, that’s hardly committal terminology; “should be” is not “will be.” And it remains to be seen whether the schedule released by the NFL will include some sort of qualifying language (e.g., that Week 1 is tentatively scheduled to begin on September 10th but could be delayed, or that this is the order each team will play its 2020 opponents but the dates are subject to change, etc.).
UPDATE: The NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule will be published on Thursday, May 7th.