Surprise! Surprise! Ryan wants no part of 'Hard Knocks'

Will the New York Jets return to HBO's "Hard Knocks" for the second time in three years?

Apparently not if Rex Ryan has anything to do with it.

Per, Ryan apparently wants the Jets to reject a return engagement to the football reality show in 2012, even though the Jets were a circus last season and have added a major showman in popular quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets were the last team on "Hard Knocks" in 2010, as the lockout wiped out a potential 2011 version of the show.

However, Jets owner Woody Johnson is said to be in favor of having his team on "Hard Knocks" again. The reasoning behind Johnson's thinking is that it would help create headlines for the Jets, who remain second football fiddle in New York to the Super Bowl champion Giants, and also would put them in the spotlight in the month of August, when interest in baseball's Yankees generally rules the city.

If the Jets are not on the reality show, then HBO may turn its attention to the Harbaugh brothers with a dual show involving the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. According to the report, the Denver Broncos have already turned down the opportunity to do the reality series.

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