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HARD KNOCKS Atlanta Falcons Getting Some Buzz

By Jef Dinsmore on Jun 28, 2014 to HBO Sports


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 cinema verite series will focus on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the Falcons, who play in the talent-rich NFC South, conduct the franchise’s 49th training camp and prepare for the 2014 NFL season. It will chronicle the efforts of seventh-year head coach Mike Smith and an intriguing mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four-game preseason schedule. Each week, players will experience drills, instruction, meetings and fun, while striving to prove they have what it takes to make the team and leave their mark on the NFL. The Falcons have earned a postseason playoff berth in four of the six years that Smith has been at the helm.HardKnocks_teamaction

No other sports reality series can match the critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by the Hard Knocks franchise. Launching with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, Hard Knocks followed up with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. The series resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Sports Emmy. In 2008, the series returned to the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy for production excellence. In 2009, Hard Knocks spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. In 2010, the New York Jets were featured and the series captured three Sports Emmys, including Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology. Summer 2012 spotlighted the Miami Dolphins, earning the franchise an eighth Sports Emmy, in the category of Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. The Bengals were featured again in 2013 and the series captured three more Sports Emmys, bringing to 11 the number of trophies awarded to the franchise for production excellence. Last summer’s spotlight on the Bengals was recognized with the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound.


We hope you are catching the Buzz and are eagerly awaiting HARD KNOCKS Season 9.

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I’m excited to see the latest edition of Hard Knocks. Do you think the Falcons can turn around their franchise after a rough 2013?


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