Don't rule out Falcons for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' series
While seemingly every team has been saying no thanks to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this spring, one team might have interest.
The Atlanta Falcons could be in consideration for the reality NFL show this summer. That, of course, assumes there will be football in the not-too-distant future.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff believes the defending AFC South champions are in a better place to be featured on the show this season. They’d follow the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.
“I truly believe that an organization has to be in the right spot to jump into something like ‘Hard Knocks,’” Dimitroff said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think it sheds a lot of light on our league. This is a league of entertainment. There are some traditionalists that struggle with it, but they have to work against the grain a little bit and see that this is about entertainment. Hard Knocks is a good show for the fan base.
“Two years ago we were approached and decided that it wasn’t right for us at that point,” Dimitroff said. “That’s not to say we wouldn’t go down that road if it was presented to us at another time. We are much closer to being in that spot where it’s not going to be as much of a distraction as it would have been another time. It’s such an individual thing. ‘Hard Knocks’ could be right for some of the teams that are fairly entrenched. It could be right for some team that wants to kick off some more brand recognition.”
It’s too early to say if training camps will be delayed this summer but at this point nothing can be ruled out when it comes the NFL’s lockout and the labor divide between the owners and players.
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