NFL Lockout Takes Down HBO Series Sporting News
Even as the NFL lockout appears to be over, it has claimed one more victim, reports Sporting News. Citing a tweet by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the report says HBO has canceled the 2011 edition of its football reality series “Hard Knocks.”
The show faced hurdles even before the lockout, with as many as six teams eventually turning down the invitation to be featured on the series. But the timing of the protracted labor hassle, which cut short the runup to the NFL season, was apparently the last straw in convincing HBO and show producer NFL Films to give up on the season.
The 2010 edition of "Hard Knocks," which focused on the New York Jets, received a lot of notoriety, much of it focused on expletive-spewing Jets coach Rex Ryan.