NFL coaches tend not to be excited about having an HBO documentary crew follow them around training camp for the annual Hard Knocks reality show. The league is now forcing teams to appear. It took some precautions to ensure 2-14 squads won’t be blaming HBO for ruining training camp.
A team is exempt from its HBO closeup if it has a brand new coach, made the playoffs in the past two years or appeared in the previous 10 years.
Deadspin has figured out which teams qualify:
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
Now any of the other 24 teams can volunteer to be in HBO’s spotlight, but the league can’t compel them to. Please, please Seahawks volunteer. Richard Sherman on a live mike. It’s best for business.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most popular out of that group, which doesn’t mean they’ll be the best TV. I would expect the league to have the least interest in the Jacksonville Jaguars. After all, their fans seem to have the least interest.
A friend was trying to give away a Jaguars ticket a couple of years ago. It was awkward as people kept coming up with excuses why they couldn’t take a free ticket to an NFL game. Although that situation might make for good TV. See how far people will go to avoid watching bad football!
An inside look at the dysfunction inside the Oakland Raiders association might be entertaining. Readers, who would you like to see on Hard Knocks?