NBCSPORTS.com's Peter King writes there is a "50-50 chance" that the NFL schedule -- which currently gets released in April, a week before the Draft -- "could soon get pushed back to being released in the first half of May." TV ratings "trump all, and the fact that" Cardinals draft pick Kyler Murray is "on TV only once in prime time this year could turn out to be poor TV planning." If the NFL "thinks it can get a 10-percent higher rating on a Monday night game with Kyler Murray," the league will "seriously consider pushing back the schedule-release date" (NBCSPORTS.com, 5/6).
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: In Chicago, Patricia Babcock McGraw noted the WNBA's labor issues "will be hanging over the league all season." WNBA players "have been vocal about wanting more pay," so they have opted out of their CBA. Babcock McGraw: "While the idea of taking home a bigger, more equitable slice of the WNBA pie sounds like a no-brainer, I am encouraging WNBA players to tread lightly in their future CBA negotiations." The league can "afford to pay out only so much more to its players ... and still exist" (Chicago DAILY HERALD, 5/4).
SAFE BET: In Daytona Beach, Ken Willis wrote it is "hard to argue against NASCAR's decision to bet on gambling's allure." NASCAR is "trying to regain momentum in a fast-changing world," and partnering with Genius Sports to "bring NASCAR wagering to the masses is no gamble at all" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 5/5).