HBO Sports and NFL Films have reached a long-term agreement, according to an HBO press release that will ensure that NFL's Training Camp documentary Hard Knocks will have a future.
"We are thrilled to have HBO continue as the home of Hard Knocks, the preeminent sports reality series," said Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports. "The partnership between HBO and NFL FILMS continually produces unrivaled and groundbreaking television programming."
"We are excited to continue teaming with HBO on HARD KNOCKS to bring our fans closer to the game in unrivaled ways," said Howard Katz, COO of NFL Films and NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting. "Since its debut 12 seasons ago, NFL FILMS has developed HARD KNOCKS into an integral part of the NFL preseason and we look forward to kicking off the next iteration of this acclaimed program with the Cincinnati Bengals in August."
The Bengals held a joint press conference with head coach Marvin Lewis, discussing Hard Knocks this year. A couple of highlights from those that attended the presser on Thursday.
NFL Films has had discussions about storylines but things can change in the first 48 hours— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 18, 2013
Lewis: I told Mike Brown if he was fine with (the series) I was fine with it.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 18, 2013
Fast facts: 5 camera crews, 8 robotic, about 30 staff on site— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 18, 2013
Lewis was handed an emmy award for the show's success in 2009.
Marvin said one of the hardest things he has to do which plays out on Hard Knocks is the guy who busts his tail and gets cut.— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) July 18, 2013
@Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the fans were a big reason for agreeing to another "hard knocks" season. positive comments the last time.— Mike Berk (@mike_berk) July 18, 2013
Lewis: team felt trust with NFL Films— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 18, 2013
Lewis: I will address team about it. Need to educate them.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 18, 2013