NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The powers that be in East Rutherford don’t care much for participating in HBO’s training camp reality series “Hard Knocks.”
But they might not have a choice.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
The New York Giants are among the teams that could be forced to do the show this year if no franchise volunteers. The NFL passed a measure in October that said the league could pick the franchise that stars on “Hard Knocks” if there are no willing participants, with a few exceptions.
A club would be exempt if:
— it has a first-year head coach;
— it appeared on the show within the past 10 years;
— it made the playoffs in one of the past two seasons.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
The NFL’s official website crunched the numbers and determined eight teams would fit the criteria: the Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.
In 2010, Giants co-owner John Mara told the New York Daily News that his team would be on the show “when I’m next to my father in Gates of Heaven cemetery.”
Fellow co-owner Steve Tisch has also slammed “Hard Knocks.”
“I don’t think it brings anything to the team,” Tisch told TMZ. “It’s a bit of a distraction, and I think it’s sort of misleading for the players.”
Seven of the NFL’s 32 teams have appeared on the show, including the New York Jets in 2010.
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