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NFL, HBO agree to four more years of “Hard Knocks”

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Hard Knocks will continue for at least four more training camps.

The NFL and HBO have agreed to a four-year deal extending the run of Hard Knocks, according to Sports Business Journal.

The league and HBO haven’t always seen eye to eye. Mark Wahlberg, the executive producer of the HBO show Ballers, said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tried to get HBO to cancel the show because it uses NFL names and logos and often casts pro football in an unflattering light. And HBO’s sports news programming has often contained critical commentaries about the NFL as well.

But Hard Knocks, thanks in large part to the fact that it relies on NFL Films to shoot the footage, generally portrays the NFL positively. The NFL will gladly take four more years of that positive portrayal on premium cable.

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  1. Fred says: Apr 3, 2017 9:22 AM

    Which 4 teams is the NFL going to force to be on it?

  2. joetoronto says: Apr 3, 2017 10:01 AM

    Only irrelevant teams should be forced to do Hard Knocks, like the Bills.

  3. jags2daship says: Apr 3, 2017 10:05 AM

    Can we go ahead and piss off the entire country and make the jaguars be the team for once.

  4. firerogergoodellnow says: Apr 3, 2017 10:09 AM

    The Jaguars were interested in doing Hard Knocks a few years ago but HBO said no.

  5. weepingjebus says: Apr 3, 2017 10:20 AM

    In 2020 it will be the Greater Sacramento Rams.

  6. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Apr 3, 2017 10:21 AM

    Hard Knocks used to be cool and interesting. Like 10 years ago, it was.

  7. boca12 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:42 AM

    From sources…

    teams can AVOID mandatory inclusion on Hard Knocks if they fall under any of three exemptions: 1) They have a first-year head coach in place; 2) They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons; 3) They have appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years.

    So who does that leave? Under the league parameters, 24 teams are eliminated from mandatory inclusion. It leaves a group of eight: Bears, Buccaneers, Browns, Colts, Eagles, Ravens, Saints and Titans.

  8. zaphod424242 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:51 AM

    firerogergoodellnow says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:09 AM
    The Jaguars were interested in doing Hard Knocks a few years ago but HBO said no.

    ========

    They did it at least once when Del Rio was there.

  9. RegisHawk says: Apr 3, 2017 11:20 AM

    The Jags did Hard Knocks before it was Hard Knocks. It was one of the first of its kind and it was called Jaguar Summer.

  10. ffeineandsugar says: Apr 3, 2017 12:02 PM

    Please, Ravens – either make the playoffs or switch coaches. I for one don’t want to see Hard Knocks hit the Castle again….

  11. petedutcherjr says: Apr 7, 2017 6:26 PM

    The Buccaneers should be the team this year. They are about to become a playoff contender for ten years, so this will be the last chance to get them on.

    Not to mention Dirk Koetter is extremely interesting and new blood on the show could make thing much better.

    And yes, I am biased. I am a Bucs fan.

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