HBO Tackles Renewal of ‘Hard Knocks’

Pro Football reality series gets long-term deal
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HBO Sports on Monday teamed with NFL Media and NFL Films to announce a long-term extension of the Emmy-winning sports reality series Hard Knocks.

The series, which provides all-access coverage of a National Football League team’s pre-season training camp, will return for its 12th edition Aug. 8, said network officials.

“The Hard Knocks franchise continues to thrive as the preeminent sports reality series,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports in a statement. “The partnership between HBO, the NFL and its teams, along with NFL Films, has consistently produced unrivaled and groundbreaking television programming.  We are thrilled that HBO will remain the series’ home.”

The Hard Knocks franchise has garnered 14 Sports Emmys since its debut in 2001 and most recently received four Sports Emmy nominations for last year’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Los Angeles Rams.

The series has profiled such teams as The Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.