This week, not a football was snapped nor a quarterback sacked, yet the NFL still takes center stage. To the jubilation of those who can’t wait for NFL betting to roll around, the league released its 2010-11 schedule Tuesday. Sports betting services have already begun crunching their numbers to set accurate lines for Week 1.
In addition to the release of next season’s schedule (listed below), Thursday marks opening night of the NFL Draft. For the first time in history, the league decided to go prime time with its draft coverage. The entire first round will be aired Thursday evening, as opposed to the traditional Saturday noon start. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday and rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday morning. Last year’s draft drew a record 39 million viewers. There’s no reason to think they won’t exceed those numbers this year by moving to Thursday night.
The St Louis Rams have the first pick of Thursday’s draft as a result of having last year’s worst regular season record. It’s been rumored that they are seriously looking at Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford although only their war room knows for sure. Either way, come Thursday evening, the league is about to welcome a lot more multi-millionaires. Other big names that will find new homes include Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Eric Berry, Dez Bryant, Jimmy Clausen and of course, TimTebow.