The Bengals will be the focus of HBO's Hark Knocks during training camp this offseason for the second time in the show's history. The last time they were featured on the show was before the 2009 season in which they swept the division and were AFC North champions.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell now wants to discuss the possibility of a "formal rotation" that will give more exposure to other teams around the league on Hard Knocks.
"We're talking about some kind of formal rotation where teams participate in the show on a more regular basis," Goodell said. "Not necessarily more frequently, but on a regular basis so that it is a shared obligation and it would give more teams an opportunity to have this."
The Bengals weren't necessarily HBO's first choice for their award-winning show, but some teams turned down the offer, fearing the cameras would be too big of a distraction. If a rotation was established in which each team was assigned a year for Hard Knocks, whatever advantages or disadvantages come from hosting the camera crew during training camp would be spread evenly throughout every team in the league.
It could also be a win-win for fans as well. There are several teams that either don't want to be featured on Hard Knocks or the producers of the show don't feel certain teams offer good enough story lines. Fans of those teams could finally get the inside look they've been waiting for.
All in all, an official rotation that would allow each NFL team to be featured on Hard Knocks seems like a good idea.