The NFL released the full 2013 schedule Thursday evening. Although we already knew the Pittsburgh Steelers' opponents and game locations, we now know the exact dates and times of each game.
Depending on the possibility of flex scheduling during the end of the season, the Steelers have four nationally televised games: a Monday night game at Cincinnati (9/16); Sunday night games against Chicago (9/22) and the Bengals (12/15); and Thanksgiving evening/2nd night of Hanukkah at Baltimore (11/28). The 11/3 game at New England and 12/22 game at Green Bay (that's going to be cold!) could also turn into the primary games on CBS. Plus, living in DC, the 10/20 game against Baltimore will almost definitely be aired locally. Therefore, it's time for the second annual debate on whether I should keep DirecTV's Sunday Ticket.
Last year, it seemed like about 10 Steelers games aired in the Washington DC market. While I don't think there will be that many games shown in DC this year, based on the list above, 8 or 9 games is a distinct possibility. I think the short answer is that I'm not sure I'm willing to pay $200 for Sunday Ticket this season. For $100, I will.
P.S. Can the NFL please schedule the Steelers to play one game in Florida annually? It's almost a certainty that I can attend those games, but the only game against a Florida team this year is against Miami in Pittsburgh.
P.P.S. (or is it P.S.S.?) Assuming someone pays for the hotel and flight, I'm happy to cover the Steelers-Vikings game in London for any publication or website.