In a report earlier Wednesday about Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan having different opinions about a return engagement on Hard Knocks, there was mention of the Jaguars’ interest in appearing on the HBO program.
The team confirmed the report to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
“We did express interest, and at this point we don’t know what HBO’s plans are,” Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said.
The original report, from Adam Schein of FOXSports.com, made no mention of the NFL’s interest in having the Jaguars appear on the show. There’s not quite as much ratings bait down in Jacksonville as there is with the Jets, but it’s easy to understand the team’s interest in being the training camp with cameras this year.
New owner Shad Khan has made several public statements about doing whatever it takes to generate interest in his team. Hard Knocks would do that, although, again, the makeup of the Jags’ roster might have HBO looking in different directions.
According to Schein, the Broncos turned down a chance to be on the show and the Ravens and 49ers are on the network’s wish list. The Ravens told the Baltimore Sun Wednesday that they haven’t been contacted about being this year’s entry.