Buccaneers Say “No” To HBO’s Invite to Be the Team on “Hard Knocks”

Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Bucs have declined HBO’s offer to be featured on this year’s Hard Knocks.

He Tweeted the Following about them turning down the offer:

With the lockout already costing all teams the offseason program, there will be even less room for distractions during training camp. The Bucs apparently didn’t want to be the ones to deal with the drama this year, even if it could help boost the profile of their young core and charismatic coach Raheem Morris. No word yet on what team will take the plunge. Of course, if there is no training camp then there will be no Hard Knocks.

Tampa Bay confirmed that they have turned the show down.

“We have respectfully declined this year’s Hard Knocks invitation. Wonderful show, but the team wants to keep the focus on the field in 2011,” the Bucs said on the team’s official Twitter page.

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