Only in the NFL is an announcement about the announcement of the regular-season schedule an event. But the league revealed Wednesday night that it will release the 2016-17 schedule at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

2016 regular-season schedule to be announced Thursday: https://t.co/l2ICDeMvIJ pic.twitter.com/hzLB6Zq0JX

— NFL (@NFL) April 14, 2016

Each team already knows its opponents -- and whether each of those matchups will be home or away -- but it's the dates that remain a mystery.

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Week 1 will begin with a Thursday night matchup on Sept. 8, and the regular season will conclude on Jan. 1, 2017.

The real drama is finding out which teams will face off in the Thursday night opener, which matchups will be featured in Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday night prime-time games, and when the premier rivalries will be renewed.

We won't have to wait much longer to get those answers.