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STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

For the past few seasons HBO has filmed the NHL’s yearly event, an outdoor game called “The Winter Classic”.  But more importantly than the event itself, HBO’s cameras captured the personalities, the angst and the joy of being a pro hockey player. Think Hard Knocks on ice. (Or don’t that sounds weird). Today both HBO and the NHL have confirmed that the show will not continue on HBO’s air.  Here’s HBO’s statement: Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL and its teams on 24/7 the past four years. It was an exciting endeavor and we’re very proud of the never-before-seen presentation of...

Hard Knocks Falcons: Full Contact

Hard Knocks Falcons: Full Contact

The NFL preseason is in full swing, and Hard Knocks is picking up the pace. The second episode fixed many of the problems with the premiere, offering fewer story-lines at once and focusing on the on-the-field action. While the show still focused an incredible amount of time on the player’s (admittedly attractive) wives, viewers were given a more in-depth look to the hard work and competition that goes into the final product. Beginning with a look at General Manager Thomas Dimitrioff, the show set the stage for the perennial drama of preseason cuts. Rookies and veterans alike spend the preseason fighting for a roster spot. This episode...

Hard Knocks Falcons: Time to Toughen Up

Hard Knocks Falcons: Time to Toughen Up

Hard Knocks is back. The ninth season of the hit HBO sports series made it clear from the very beginning that the focus will be on toughness. Coaches and players alike hammered the point home with buzzwords, cliches, and even a couple of fights. Much of the focus was (as was hinted at in the preview) on toughness, something Head Coach Mike Smith mentioned several times. The team implemented several changes to the practices and added new coaches to help address the team’s physicality, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. The show picked up a few days before playing camp, providing a window into the personal lives of several...

Hard Knocks Season 9 Preview: Atlanta Falcons

Hard Knocks Season 9 Preview: Atlanta Falcons

On the surface, the Atlanta Falcons was one of the most straightforward and uneventful teams for a new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks. However, an eventful offseason and a chance to improve on a disappointing 2013 season will help add some spice to the show. For those unfamiliar with the team, here are eight things to watch for when Hard Knocks returns on Tuesday:   1. Rookie Rundown The transition from the college ranks to the NFL is a big one. Many players struggle to adjust to the speed and physicality of the professional game. After a rough 2013 season, the Falcons were in a position to take arguably the most pro-ready player...

HARD KNOCKS Atlanta Falcons Getting Some Buzz

HARD KNOCKS Atlanta Falcons Getting Some Buzz

We recently reported that HBO had finally picked the Atlanta Falcons as the NFL team under scrutiny before the cameras. It has also released a premiere date of 08.05 exclusively on HBO. A 30-person NFL Films crew will be at the Falcons’ training camp at team headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields. We just wanted to shed some more light on this great HBO sports series with the following Buzz clip. The...

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

HBO Sports is launching a Documentary Festival of its own. Every Thursday night from 06.26 thru 07.24 on HBO2 a series of boxing documentaries will air. Here, via a press release, are those upcoming films.  ALI-FRAZIER I: ONE NATION…DIVISIBLE kicks off the festival on 06.26 beginning at 7:00pm ET/PT. It chronicles the remarkable events and personalities surrounding the fight that reflected the cultural divide of the United States in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Regarded by many boxing observers as “The Fight of the Century,” the match featured two undefeated heavyweights squaring off at New York’s Madison Square Garden in a contest...

Falcons are HBO’s 2014 Hard Knocks Team

Falcons are HBO’s 2014 Hard Knocks Team

After months of speculation, anticipation and some hand wringing the NFL has finally selected a team to appear on Hard Knocks.  Ahem… drumroll please: THE ATLANTA FALCONS! The news was announced on the Falcons official site: The Falcons, HBO Sports, and NFL Films will team up for an all-access, behind the scenes look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons debuts on August 5. The sports-based reality series kicks off its ninth season, presented in HD on Tuesday, Aug. 5 (10 p.m. ET), exclusively on HBO. Subsequent hour-long episodes debut on Tuesdays at the...

Next Installment of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is on 05.20.

Next Installment of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is on 05.20.

TV’s most honored sports journalism series continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 206th edition debuts on Tuesday, 05.20 at 10:00pm ET. Though HBOWatch does not consistently announce every installment of this show, which has been on HBO since 1995, we do like to take opportunity to remind readers every now and again that it is still on air and it is always has interesting sports topics to explore and discuss. Straight from an HBO Press Release here is a look at the upcoming episode: White Elephants. Brazil, which some call the spiritual home of soccer, hosts the 2014 World Cup next month....

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK Event Canceled

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK Event Canceled

It is rather sporadic we know, that is what happens when we don’t have a Sports Writer on staff, but we try to get occasional Boxing news to HBO BOXING fans from time to time. Here is what we got for you.  It seems an HBO BOXING AFTER DARK fight has been canceled. A bout between Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings was to take place and be seen on the show on 05.24.14. Mike Perez had suffered a shoulder injury during a sparring match that has forced him to back out. The fight was an important one as the winner would advance to WBC heavyweight competition. However, HBO has other boxing programs on the schedule for May. Coming up...

HARD KNOCKS 2014 Still Up For Grabs

HARD KNOCKS 2014 Still Up For Grabs

I chose SI.com, which is Sports Illustrated, over a number of sites, as a source for the following report – the NFL has not made a decision yet on the team showcased on the 2014 edition of HARD KNOCKS. However, the surprising news is that the ball organization will not have to force a team into that spotlight.  It appears that the few teams that were on the short list of eligibility don’t have to sweat it because a number of ball clubs have thrown their helmets into the ring and have volunteered to be on HARD KNOCKS. Hell, a year ago the show was hard pressed to find a team to feature.   Now here is the problem now faced by the NFL and...

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

It seems like only yesterday the Seattle Seahawks were on top of the world as Super Bowl champions to the delight of some and the bane of others. The off-season can be painful for NFL fans but thankfully it’s broken up by events such as the draft (this month) and training camp which takes place in the summer. HBO has a mandate from the league to cover one of these training camps each year and we’ve previously discussed the eight teams that were in the official running to be featured.  But this week we’ve heard rumblings about that list being narrowed down even further, to THREE teams now, in fact. The Chicago Bears The...

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