Also- tour was announced last year on August 17th, if I recall correctly what was posted on .org.
Posting that ratdog is making a come back... never trust a prankster!
Any way you look at it, these dates are coming out after virtually every fall tour has been announce, at a time that traveling isn't the easiest.
If I had to venture a guess, they had to tie up a few loose ends, plus Frontgate (I believed started in conjunction with SCI) has their pre-sale upcoming. Perhaps they just get to go first? I head out on vacation this Friday, it would sure be nice to have more than one days notice this time if I have to mail Saturday. Especially if they have no CC for a bunch of shows as last time.