I seriously thought I’d be using that headline for the Draft before the release of next year’s schedule, but whatever. Both the NFL Network and ESPN will be airing live specials to coincide with the release of the 2009 NFL schedule. Not only that, but ESPN is planning a whole three hours around the thing….

When the National Football League announces its 2009 regular season schedule, ESPN’s SportsCenter Special: Schedule Release will review the entire slate of games Tuesday, April 14 (7-8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and continuing from 8-10 p.m. on ESPN).

The three-hour SportsCenter Special will examine individual team schedules, key match-ups, Monday Night Football games, national TV games and other schedule highlights.

Trey Wingo will host the SportsCenter Special with analysts Ron Jaworski, Trent Dilfer, Merril Hoge and Tim Hasselbeck. A number of NFL players, including DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys), Joey Porter (Miami Dolphins), Brian Dawkins (Denver Broncos) and Richard Seymour (New England Patriots), are also expected to participate in live interviews.

That seems like a little much to me. I mean, I’ll probably watch the first hour, but two more after that? I’m surprised they aren’t working in Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, because lord knows they’re every where else on the network. The NFL Network’s show will only be two hours, and will probably be one of the last chances you’ll get to see something on the channel if you’re a Comcast subscriber.

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