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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...

The 8 NFL Teams that Could Appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2014

The 8 NFL Teams that Could Appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2014

As many Americans are either squealing or reeling from this weekend’s Wild Card playoff weekend’s results there are a many out there without a team in the race for the Lombardi trophy this year.  So we’ve got a bit of info that might pique the interest of those fans who are already done with the NFL this year and are looking towards the future. Last fall a plurality of NFL owners agreed that, for the good of the game, one team WILL be made available for HBO’s cameras on their hit show: Hard Knocks starting in 2014.  Each year teams scramble to avoid the cameras as some coaches see the documentary series as a...

24/7: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC Debuts 12.14.

24/7: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC Debuts 12.14.

  Helloooooooooooo Hockey Fans! Are you ready for an all-access pass to the big outdoor hockey event of the year! HBO is about to premiere 24/7: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC. It stars two of the hottest teams on the ice – The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. The official Press Release follows – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC. Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup, between Original Six rivals Detroit Red Wings and Toronto...

HBO Sports Documentary – STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS

HBO Sports Documentary – STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS

Overview: HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again for the innovative new documentary film series STATE OF PLAY. the show takes on complex and multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each new edition spotlights a topic or person whose impact on the sports world is undeniable, opening with a brief overview followed by a 40-minute cinéma vérité documentary and concluding with an in-depth, 20-minute roundtable discussion of the issue with the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Emmy® nominee Berg (Friday Night Lights) serves as moderator of the panel...

Did You See This – HBO’s HARD KNOCKS to Be Mandatory?

Did You See This – HBO’s HARD KNOCKS to Be Mandatory?

It looks like HBO’s invasion into professional football training camp could play out into perpetuity. We missed this earlier, but got to tell you now that the NFL has passed a ruling that forces one franchise per year to participate in HBO’s HARD KNOCKS!  As you may know HBO has a struggle every year to find a pro team willing to deal with the scrutiny the cameras put them under to get the series shot. After a long search the Cincinnati Bengals came back for a second round. The NFL organization now wants to make sure other teams get the exposure as well, whether they want it or not.    Some teams, however, will be exempt in any...

HBO BOXING Fall 2013

HBO BOXING Fall 2013

                    This post is simply because we have so much to cover here at HBOWatch that we short change the HBO SPORTS division of the company. So, here is a clip that should pump you up if you love “the sweet science” called...

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