May 18, 2012 by
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By David Levy-Fan Experience Reporter-Football Reporters Online
It appears fans of HBO’s Hard Knocks will not be able to get up close, personal, and behind all the scenes of the New York Jets this training camp.
According to Dennis Wasznak of the Associated Press, the Jets have reportedly turned down HBO’s offer:
A person familiar with the decision said the team decided to not participate in the hit HBO show this year after being approached by the cable network about appearing again.
Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and company were big stars and drew huge ratings two years ago—the last time the show aired—but the Jets opted to pass on doing it again this summer, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because neither the team nor the cable network had announced the decision.
This past Tuesday night on The Jets Zone on Blog Talk Radio I said this was the best decision the team could have made.
When you consider the three ring media circus that has already surrounded the franchise, the media frenzy and questions that came up when “backup” QB Tim Tebow was traded for, another Darelle Revis situation, and the locker-room problems the Jets had last season, the last thing they need are more cameras and eyes on the team as they go through training camp.
From a football perspective, the show would be a serious distraction. The report states the reason for turning the show down is the fact that they have a new offensive coordinator in Tony Sparano, and that makes perfect sense. Sporano is going to have his hands full with a new defense and getting used to the Jets. The last thing he needs is his focus taken off the team.
Unfortunately, the Jets’ decision is a football fans loss when it’s all said and done. .
The show would have been a must-watch had the Jets been the focus.
I can only imagine what the dynamic between Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the camera would be like. There are only so many cameras and so much face time available—who would get more air time? Who would have the biggest crowd of fans when the cameras would be present?
And then there’s the outspoken quotable head coach Rex Ryan. What would he have up his sleeve for the audience? More yelling? Another snack? Perhaps a few wise cracks or dirty jokes would be heard on top of the cameras covering his weight loss.
Fans of great reality TV will suffer, because it appears the Jets have made the smart and logical move for the first time in a while. With 1,001 cameras already on them they did not need HBO’s as well.
They’ll be better for it, and the rest of us will be stuck hoping for anybody but the Jaguars. That is not a knock on Jacksonville, just not the drama some fans were looking for.
(Eds. Note: as of this posting on Fri-5/17 we still have no word from HBO which team will in fact be the stars of this season’s Hard Knocks, although rumors abound that Jacksonville is set to accept the offer for this season)