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2005 NFL schedule to be unveiled today

(April 12, 2005) -- John Madden (ABC), Cris Collinsworth (FOX), Phil Simms (CBS) and Paul Maguire (ESPN) will be among the guests joining Rich Eisen and Lincoln Kennedy to discuss the 2005 NFL playing schedule when NFL Network televises NFL Total Access Schedule Show, a two-hour special unveiling the week-by-week match-ups of the 2005 NFL season.

NFL Network will release the NFL's 2005 regular-season playing schedule at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 13. It also will be released on NFL.com simultaneously. NFL Newtork will air an encore presentation in primetime at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday.

In addition to highlighting the key matchups of the 2005 season, the special will feature interviews with current players, coaches and broadcasters to gauge their reactions to the schedule as it comes out. The NFL Total Access Schedule Show will also reveal the network each game will air.

NFLTA will announce the 2005 regular-season playing schedule on a week-by-week basis, highlighting the national Sunday games and Monday Night Football.

This marks the second successive year NFLTA will announce the entire regular-season schedule.

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