Is the CFL getting ready to release the 2018 schedule?

The CFL may be on the verge of releasing the 2018 schedule – months earlier than usual.

A copy of what looks to be the Edmonton Eskimos schedule has emerged online via the Twitter account of a CFL podcast.

And has been backed up by an Eskimos fan.

The schedule looks legit. It features 21 weeks and three bye weeks, which follows the template announced by the league last September.

If one team has their schedule ready, then it’s likely that the league has the entire calendar ready to go. The CFL usually releases its schedule in February but fans have been clamouring for an earlier release for years and it would likely help teams in their season-ticket renewal efforts.

So how did an early copy of the schedule end up in the hands of a podcaster? Well, the CFL has sometimes given fans active on social media a sneak peak at things in order to generate interest. This could be one of those efforts… or maybe somebody just jumped the gun.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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5 Comments on Is the CFL getting ready to release the 2018 schedule?

  1. Real dumb scheduling to be playing the Bumblers on the road twice to open the season in June!
    And it is certainly an earlier start to the season than in previous years…..

  2. Those first two are pre-season games, Bob. There’s 20 games on that schedule.

  3. Bart Oatess // December 14, 2017 at 11:11 am //

    Football in May. Even if it is preseason. Reminds me of the USFL.

  4. I’m not sure this is the actual schedule but with the 3 bye weeks the time frame is likely accurate. As far back as I can remember training camps start on a Sunday. That means camp will start on May 13 (Mother’s Day). The earliest ever by far. Good for fans as we have a shorter off season but bad for the league.
    The CFL finds it critical to hold draft post NFL draft with a grace period where undrafted fringe players are likely to be picked up as FA’s. Last year this put the draft on May 7th. That would give 6 days to sign players and get them organized for camp. No where near enough! It hurts teams and the potential draftees.
    SLOW DOWN MR. AMBROSIE AND THINK THROUGH ALL THESE IDEAS.

  5. Elmsley Forsyth // December 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm //

    This adds 3rd bye-week but it certainly doesn’t meet the promise to cut back on short weeks. It shows the Eskimos playing 3 times between August 23 and October 13 when they’ll have had only 4 non-playing days since their previous game. Yes, one occasion is the traditional back-to-back Labour Day week games they’re accustomed to, with Calgary, but on another one, they’ll be flying east to play Hamilton.

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