The 2022 NFL season schedules were released this week to the delight of fans around the world.
NFL schedulers have a tough job, but they had an unusual situation to avoid for the upcoming season’s schedule.
the NFL Vice President of Broadcast Programming Mike North was Adam Schein’s guest on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio on Friday and discussed whether or not the unclear availability of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson hampered the scheduling process.
While creating the schedules, Watson faced possible suspension after serious allegations of sexual assault and misconduct surfaced.
While North said whether or not Watson is suspended or for how long doesn’t affect the schedules, he and his team avoided hosting a Week 1 game in Houston between the Texans. and the Browns.
“We knew Houston and Cleveland were obviously going to face each other this year, and Cleveland at Houston would mean something,” North said. “I’ll be honest with you, we’ve seen a schedule somewhere in the hundreds of thousands that we’ve looked at this year where that game was in Week 1. And I’m just not sure that would have been the right place This might not be the right, you know, game that we want all eyes to be on, attention to, you know, taking the focus away from some of these other big masts of attempted.
Watson could still be suspended by the league in the future as he could still be summoned to court by his 22 accusers. However, last month it was revealed that Watson and his legal team did not plan to settle with the alleged victims and that any trial should take place before August 1 this year or after March 1, 2023.