The Oakland Raiders are the logical team to end up on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
After an offseason which included the hiring of GM Mike Mayock, acquisition of superstar WR Antonio Brown, and free agent additions Tyrell Williams, Trent Brown, LaMarcus Joyner and Vontaze Burfict, fans want a behind-the-scenes look. Not to mention they have three first-round pick in April’s draft and Jon Gruden is running the show as head coach.
While all that sounds exciting, owner Mark Davis would prefer not to end up on Hard Knocks.
Speaking at the Owner Meetings in Arizona, Davis said “It would be disruptive.”
“We’ve got a lot of business to take care of, get ready for the season. I appreciate that they might think we’d be great TV, but we got something to accomplish.”
The Raiders are one of five teams who are eligible to be chosen by HBO to appear on Hard Knocks. The Giants, Redskins, 49ers and Lions are the other four.
How are those five teams chosen?
League rules explicitly state that teams cannot be compelled to appear on Hard Knocks if they fall into one of three categories:
1) They have a first-year head coach in place.
2) They have a playoff berth in the past 2 seasons.
3) They appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years.
If HBO approached Oakland to appear on the reality-show, the Raiders would not be allowed to say no.
Davis joked that he would fire Gruden and hire him back just so HBO would be forced to search for a different team.
“I’ll just fire Jon and then hire him back,” Davis said.
Based off previous years, expect an official announcement from HBO in May.
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