The national spotlight will soon belong to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The NFL franchise led by QB Jameis Winston has been selected by HBO Sports, NFL Films and the NFL to be this year’s participant on HBO’s hit series Hard Knocks!
The show, “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers” enters its fifth season, and will once again include camera crews providing a peak behind the curtain into the daily lives and routines of Bucs players and coaches, and a look at the conditioning, practices, meetings, and competitions that develop during training camp.
Tampa Bay is coming off of a 9-7 season in which they contended for a playoff spot. They’re hoping an appearance on the hit television show will pay dividends as it has for previous teams. Six of the past seven clubs who appeared on the show either equaled or improved their win-loss record in the regular season.
“Hard Knocks wins new fans to the sport of football every year because its themes are universal: a show about hope, adversity, team-building, tough decisions and players who are trying to fit in while also trying to stand out,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “The partnership between HBO Sports and NFL Films dates back to the 1970s, and we at HBO are honored to continue that decades-old tradition with a fresh team making its Hard Knocks debut. We are grateful to the Glazer family and everyone with the Buccaneers franchise for allowing us the freedom to chronicle what promises to be an intriguing training camp experience in Tampa Bay.”
“A tremendous amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an NFL season, and Hard Knocks does a great job every year of giving the fans the type of unprecedented access that only NFL Films can provide,” says Jason Licht, Buccaneers general manager. “Our fans will get to know our players, coaches and support staff like never before.”
“We have multiple coaches who have prior experience with Hard Knocks, so I have a good understanding and appreciation for how HBO and NFL Films work with the players and coaches to document all that goes on in preparation for the upcoming season,” says Dirk Koetter, the Buccaneers’ second-year head coach. “We have a roster full of players who will be focused on competing and improving each and every day during training camp. It will be good to give our fans that rare opportunity to see just how much work our entire organization is putting in to prepare for this season.”
A 30-person NFL Films crew will be stationed at team headquarters in Tampa, shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.