HBO SPORTS, NFL FILMS AND THE RAIDERS JOIN FORCES FOR HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERS,
A NEW SEASON OF THE GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS REALITY SERIES,
DEBUTING TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Raiders team up for an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE OAKLAND RAIDERS kicks off its five-episode season this summer. One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series debuts TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT), with other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series debuting subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the September 3 season finale.
HARD KNOCKS will have encore plays Wednesday nights and also be available on HBO on Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partners’ streaming platforms.
“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, HARD KNOCKS with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”
“Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in League history,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with Coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of HARD KNOCKS.”
Camera crews will head to the Bay area in the next few weeks to begin filming, with the action heating up in August when the cinéma vérité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches. Under second-year head coach Jon Gruden, the team has an intriguing mix of established veterans, highly regarded rookie hopefuls and free agent acquisitions. The Raiders compete in the highly-competitive AFC West, where they maintain an intense rivalry with their opponents and have set their sights on ascending in the standings.
“Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” says Raiders owner Mark Davis. A 30-person NFL Films crew will be in the Raiders’ training camp in Napa Valley, shooting more than 1,750 hours of footage over the course of the series, offering an inside look at the daily rigors of an NFL training camp. With unencumbered access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields, HARD KNOCKS will document hours of conditioning practices and meetings, chronicling players as they compete for a roster spot.