By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN’s NFL 2009 Calendar
PHILADELPHIA (BASN) – Here is a list of key dates that I believe every football fan will need to know going into the 2009 NFL season. I am sure every NFL talking head including Brian Baldinger, Peter King, Chris Berman, Fran Charles, Ray Didinger, and others will have these dates circled on their calendars.
- July 15- The last day for “Franchised” players to sign a long-term deal with their teams otherwise they will have to play under the terms of their 1-year franchised deals (ex. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel’s 1-year franchise deal is for approximately $14.65 Million)
July 16 â€” NFL Supplemental Draft – The NFL’s “special” draft for players wishing to enter the NFL for a number of reasons (Academics, Family Obligations, etc) that missed the main NFL Draft in April. If a team elects to use a supplemental draft pick on one of the eligible prospects, that team will give up its pick in the same round in next April’s draft (2010).
Â· July 22 – Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender. This means that a player unhappy with the contract tendered to him can either sign the deal or holdout. Once the deadline passes, franchise players can sign only one-year deals with their current teams. .
Â· Late July â€” Training camps open. The first NFL training camp will open on July 24th as Cleveland Browns’ rookies will report to the team’s training facility in Berea, OH.
Â· August 8 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Enshrinement Ceremonies. The newest class of enshrinees (DE Bruce Smith, Bills Owner Ralph Wilson, G Randall McDaniel, WR Bullett Bob Hayes, LB Derrick Thomas and CB Rod Woodson) will be formally inducted into the PHOF in a ceremony held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
- August 9 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Game featuring the Buffalo Bills vs.Tennessee Titans (NBC). The NFL’s 2009 season kicks off with the preseason opener featuring at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Â· August 13-17 – First preseason weekend with featured match-ups: Arizona at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8/13), Carolina at NY Giants (ESPN, 8/17), and Dallas at Oakland
Â· August 20-24 - Second preseason weekend with featured match-ups: Philadelphia at Indianapolis (FOX, 8/20), Tennessee at Dallas (FOX, 8/21), and NY Jets at Baltimore (ESPN, 8/24)
Â· August 27-31 – Third preseason weekend with featured match-ups: Miami at Tampa Bay (FOX, 8/27), New England at Washington (CBS, 8/28), San Diego at Atlanta (CBS, 8/29), Chicago at Denver (NBC, 8/30), and Minnesota at Houston (ESPN, 8/31)
Â· September 1 — Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
Â· September 3-4 – Fourth preseason weekend with featured match-ups: Indianapolis at Cincinnati, Kansas City at St. Louis, and Philadelphia at NY Jets
Â· September 5 – Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
September 7 â€” NFL teams can sign up to 8 players to their practice squad.
September 10-14 – Kickoff 2009 Weekend. For the sixth consecutive season the Super Bowl champion will open the slate as the champion Steelers host the Titans on Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The Sunday night (9/13) primetime game will feature a division match-up as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET). On Monday, Sept. 14, ESPN will host a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader that will be part of the NFL’s celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the American Football League. The four clubs competing that night began playing in the inaugural 1960 AFL season. The first game will send the Buffalo Bills at the New England Patriots (7:00 p.m. ET) and MNF nightcap San Diego Chargers at the Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m. ET)
- October 12-13 – NFL Fall Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
- October 20 â€” NFL Trade Deadline – This is the last chance for teams to grab players from other teams via a trade, but don’t hold your breath.
- October 25 – Regular season NFL football returns to London, England for the 3rd year in a row as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London. The game will be broadcast on CBS in the United States and on Sky Sports and BBC in the United Kingdom
- November 15 – Players on NFL teams’ Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list must be activated by Week 10. If they are not moved off the list, they must be removed from the team’s active roster.
- November 26 - NFL Thanksgiving Day Games: Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions (Fox, 12:30 p.m. ET), Oakland Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys (CBS, 4:15 PM ET) — The Raiders’ first Thanksgiving game since 1970; New York Giants visiting the Denver Broncos (NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. ET)
- November 29 â€” The Canadian Football League (CFL) season will commence with the playing of the 97th Grey Cup game in Calgary (TSN)
- December 3 - The NFL returns to Toronto, Canada with the Buffalo Bills hosting the New York Jets at 8:20 PM on NFL Network
- January 3 - College Football’s Top Senior football players culminate a week of training by playing in the 2010 Senior Bowl at 3PM on NFL Network (Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
- January 9 -10 â€” Wild Card Weekend (NBC, CBS, and Fox)
- January 16 -17 â€” Divisional Playoffs (CBS and Fox)
- January 24 â€” AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS and Fox)
- January 31 â€” NFL Pro Bowl with AFC All-Stars vs. NFC All-Stars in Miami, FL (CBS)
February 7 â€” Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Florida (CBS)