Schedules for the 2022 NFL season had been launched this week to the joy of followers throughout the globe.
NFL schedule makers have a troublesome job, however they'd an uncommon state of affairs to keep away from for the upcoming season's schedule.
The NFL's vice president 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 had been being created, Watson confronted a attainable suspension after serious allegations of sexual assault and misconduct surfaced.
Whereas North stated that whether or not or not Watson can be suspended or for a way lengthy did not affect the schedules, he and his crew did keep away from setting a Week 1 contest in Houston between the Texans and Browns.
“We knew that Houston and Cleveland had been clearly gonna play one another this yr, and Cleveland at Houston is gonna imply one thing,” North stated. “I will be trustworthy with you, we did see a schedule someplace alongside the lots of of hundreds that we checked out this yr the place that sport was in Week No. 1. And I am simply undecided that might have been the appropriate place for it, proper? That is possibly not the appropriate, you understand, sport that we would like all eyes on, consideration on, you understand, taking consideration away from a few of these different huge tentpoles.”
Watson may nonetheless be suspended by the league sooner or later, as he may nonetheless be referred to as to trial by his 22 accusers. Nonetheless, final month it was revealed that Watson and his legal team don't 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.