by Chris LingebachBy Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The release of the 2014 NFL schedule will run head-to-head with NBA playoffs Wednesday night, the league announced on Tuesday.

The schedule will be released in a three-hour long team-by-team presentation on NFL Network, beginning at 8 p.m., the same time as the tipoff to Game 2 of Mavericks-Spurs.

It presents a difficult decision for the casual sports fan to make in what to watch: playoff basketball, or the duration of the NFL broadcast for their respective team’s schedule.

Worthy of consideration, Game 2 of Heat-Bobcats, which tips at 7 p.m., will likely still be on, and the NFL’s broadcast will certainly spill into Game 2 of Trail Blazers-Rockets, which tips at 9:30 p.m.

Also, if you’re in D.C. or Los Angeles — two pretty large markets — the Nationals and Angels will be closing out their three-game series, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. And, the NHL playoffs.

It’s unique, in that it pits actual live competition versus the thought of actual competition, but given the nature of the NFL’s dominance over the sports landscape in the U.S., the schedule release is still likely to draw a huge number.

Chad Dukes posed the question to his listeners on 106.7 The Fan, sampling ten callers.

The reactions, albeit mostly short and sweet, were varied.

Here’s a sample of that sample:

“I’m definitely watching the live basketball game,” said one caller. “Who’s going to be stupid enough to hang around and watch them announce a dumb schedule? There’s no action going on. The action is with the game.”

“Dumb schedule release all the way,” the next caller said.

“NFL is king,” said another.

“The stupid schedule release, without a doubt,” said a fourth.

“NBA playoffs,” a fifth caller said.

The quick phone poll would result in a 6-4 victory for the NFL, and with that, we now pose the same question to you.

Are you watching the NBA playoffs or the release of the NFL schedule?

Vote below.


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