NFL schedule makers prevented Week 1 Browns-Texans recreation

Schedules for the 2022 NFL season have been launched this week to the joy of followers throughout the globe. 

NFL schedule makers have a tricky job, however they’d an uncommon state of affairs to keep away from for the upcoming season’s schedule. 

The NFL’s vice chairman of broadcast scheduling, Mike North, was a visitor of Adam Schein on SiriusXM Mad Canine Radio Friday and talked about whether or not or not the unclear availability of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson hindered the schedule-making course of. 

Whereas schedules have been being created, Watson confronted a attainable suspension after severe allegations of sexual assault and misconduct surfaced.

Whereas North mentioned that whether or not or not Watson could be suspended or for the way lengthy did not influence the schedules, he and his workforce did keep away from setting a Week 1 contest in Houston between the Texans and Browns. 

“We knew that Houston and Cleveland have been clearly gonna play one another this yr, and Cleveland at Houston is gonna imply one thing,” North mentioned. “I will be sincere with you, we did see a schedule someplace alongside the a whole lot of 1000’s that we checked out this yr the place that recreation was in Week No. 1. And I am simply unsure that might have been the correct place for it, proper? That is perhaps not the correct, , recreation that we would like all eyes on, consideration on, , taking consideration away from a few of these different massive tentpoles.”

Watson might nonetheless be suspended by the league sooner or later, as he might nonetheless be known as to trial by his 22 accusers. Nevertheless, final month it was revealed that Watson and his authorized workforce do not plan to settle with the alleged victims and that any trial must happen earlier than Aug. 1 of this yr or after March 1, 2023. 

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