The popular HBO summer show “Hard Knocks” is nowhere near as popular with NFL teams as it is with NFL fans.
The Oakland Raiders are among a group of eight teams that the league could compel to be the subject for the training camp documentary series in 2014 under a new league rule passed in October.
A reader at Deadspin.com compiled a list of teams that did not meet any of the exemptions and found there were eight, including the Raiders.
Teams can be exempted from appearing on the show if they have a new coach, made the playoffs at least once in the previous two seasons or have already appeared on the show within the last 10 years.
The show originally aired in 2001, featuring the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, and featured the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. After a five-year hiatus, the show returned in 2007 and has featured the Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009 and 2013), New York Jets (2010) and Miami Dolphins (2012).
“Hard Knocks” was not produced in 2011 because of uncertainty about training camp due to the lockout.
Other teams that could be compelled to appear in 2014 include the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.
The rule making participation mandatory was passed because of difficulties in getting teams to go on the show.
So next summer, it might not just be training camp. It might be HBO for the Raiders.