First the Hall Of Fame Game was cancelled due to the time it was taking to get a new labor agreement done. Now it seems there is another cancellation due to the lockout, the HBO series “Hard Knocks”.
The popular series featured during the start of football season seems to have hit a hard knock of it’s own. While no doubt the NFL lockout had a hand in the decision, it was also from a surprising lack of interest from teams.
HBO was having a difficult time in finding any team that was committed to doing the show. At one point it was rumored that the New Orleans Saints were being asked to participate.
However, the Saints declined and it was discovered that it wasn’t the first time they had turned them down. Another NFC South team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was also reported to have been asked but turned HBO down as well.
The list of teams being asked grew as well as the list of rejections from the teams. While this may surprise some, with the labor deal ongoing at the time and just the general nature of the show, it was almost inevitable.
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