The San Francisco 49ers list of preseason opponents was released last week, and now that the regular season schedule has been released, we get the final list of dates and times for the preseason schedule.
Friday, August 11: @ Kansas City Chiefs, CBS, 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, August 19: vs. Denver Broncos, CBS, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, August 27: @ Minnesota Vikings, NBC, 5 p.m. PT - National game
Thursday, August 31: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, CBS, 7 p.m. PT
The 49ers get one nationally televised game when they travel to face the Minnesota Vikings. The other three games will air on the Bay Area’s CBS station. If you are outside the Bay Area, there will be a couple options. NFL Game Pass offers free one-week trials, so you could use that for one game. Additionally, it is possible NFL Network will pick up one or more of these games. They’ll likely air several of them on replay, but they usually pick up at least one live 49ers game. My guess is the Broncos game ends up on NFL Network given the John Lynch connection.
Prior to the NFL schedule release, we only had a range of dates for the three non-national games. Now that we know when the first game begins, we also know when veterans can be required to report to training camp. Article 23, section 5 of the CBA states that no veteran player other than quarterbacks and injured players can be required to report to training camp earlier than 15 days prior to the first preseason game. The 49ers first preseason game is August 11, so that means veterans will likely report on Thursday, July 27. The first full squad practice would likely be the next day on Friday, July 28.