Despite the uncertain labor situation and several teams declining invitations to appear, HBO still hopes to produce a “Hard Knocks” training camp series this summer, Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News reports.
“We are monitoring developments and remain hopeful of presenting a new season of ‘Hard Knocks,'” HBO spokesman Raymond Stallone said. “Beyond that we are not going to speculate.”
The series began in 2001 when cameras followed the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and continued in 2002 with the Dallas Cowboys. After a four-year hiatus, the series returned with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007, the Cowboys again in 2008, the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, and last season with the New York Jets.
The Jets’ series was immensely popular, thanks to larger-than-life head coach Rex Ryan, but the club has declined an invitation to make an encore appearance. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions have also declined the chance to appear.