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Aug 12, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers helmet rests on the field during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers could be forced by NFL to participate in HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’


Thanks to a newly approved rule passed at the NFL Fall Meeting, along with a deal struck between the league and HBO, a team can be forced to be the subject of the HBO series, “Hard Knocks” if no other team volunteers, and the team meets certain criteria. Under these conditions, the Pittsburgh Steelers meet the conditions of one of the teams that could potentially be forced by the league to participate.

The conditions are:

  • The team does not have a first-year head coach
  • The team has not made the playoffs in one of the last 2 seasons
  • The team has not participated in the series in the previous 10 seasons

All those conditions make the following teams eligible, if no other team volunteers to participate.

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams

The league would probably kick themselves if they didn’t pick the Steelers for this, not saying that I agree with that but as a ratings perspective, the Steelers would gain the most national attention to all the other teams on the list. I can’t even imagine what a snooze-fest a Bills Hard Knocks would be or Rams for that matter. The only thing interesting about Jaguars Hard Knocks would feature the owner’s negotiations to move the team to London or Los Angeles. Only one team on that list has a true “nation” of fans that would tune in week after week to get the inside peak at camp and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That would mean that the whole world would get to look in on what’s been Steeler Nation’s best kept secret, how incredibly beautiful and awesome the Steelers training camp experience at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA really is. Even though Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has been very vocal at ranking the Steelers’ training camp experience as his top of the league, it’s something that is still uniquely ours. It’s one of the few, if only, training camps where the team does not charge the fans to watch practices. It’s spread out across the campus at Saint Vincent’s among hills and corn fields and just beautiful Western Pennsylvania scenery.

Obviously I’m against this idea not just because I’d prefer Steelers training camp in Latrobe to stay a strictly “Steeler Nation” thing, but also because the idea of forcing a team to participate in a reality show seems ultra-scummy to me. No one is under any illusions that the NFL isn’t entertainment but reality shows just seem to have a different element involved. I’ve watched Hard Knocks but not consistently. I believe it should be something that the team involves themselves with voluntarily instead of being forced because of some deal made with a network to ensure participation.

What are your thoughts on a possible Steelers Hard Knocks?

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  • Pridenpoise

    Give me a break, there is only One Nation and it’s Raider Nation, I love how everyone rips off Oakland and try’s to pass these monikers off as theirs. The Raiders even with their struggles are a bigger draw nationally than the Steelers are, and if you don’t get that you are in denial.

    • disqus_UxcsDwRD2u

      Bwahahaha!!!! I think you’re the one in denial there skippy!!! There’s only one true nation and that’s Steeler Nation!! Also, for anyone to think that the raiders have a bigger following than the Steelers, they’re either naive or mentally challenged!! Just a quick question, when’s the last time the raiders won a superbowl???? Lmao….nice try, FAIL!

      • Pridenpoise

        What ever helps you sleep at night spanky, you keep telling yourself that, and the fact the Raiders have not won a SuperBowl in many years, and are still more popular than the Squeelers must drive you nuts, or make you suck them. Bwaaaaaa

        • Craig

          I would love to see your empirical data that shows that the Raiders are more popular than the Steelers. Outside of Oakland, when do you see just as many Raider fans as another opposing home team when the Raiders are the away? Never.

          And uhhh you just keep on touting your Super Bowl’less seasons. Leave it to some jag from Oakland to think it’s actually a positive thing for their team to not have any playoff wins since George W signed the No Child Left Behind Act – which it seems you were AND no Super Bowls since 1980. You’ve got one thing right – 34 years is MANY YEARS since a Super Bowl win. Go troll along somewhere else.

          • Pridenpoise

            Check merchandise sales, and check the fact that the Raiders fans are one of the most well travelled. I know the truth hurts, and your still in pain over missing the playoffs, waaaaaa. The Squeelers are becoming irrelevant so get used to it. I don’t need data to back that up it’s the truth, their old and tired, just like this lame post.

          • disqus_UxcsDwRD2u

            Hahaha, dude, i didn’t know california legalized marijuana, cuz you’re high as hell if you think the raiders travel better than Steeler fans….and if you are proud of merchandise sales more than winning superbowls, well, more power to yah! As far as the Steelers being irrelevant, you need to wake up son!! They were the hottest and most explosive offense in the NFL at the end of the season….and next year they’ll be on top again, count on it, and the gayders will continue their excellence of sucking! STEELER NATION!!!

  • disqus_UxcsDwRD2u

    While i think it would be great to have the Steelers do Hard Knocks, i do not agree with them or any team being forced to do the show!! Goodell is trying to be Adolf Hitler it seems, just to let you know Goodell, Hitler killed himself when the good guys got close to him!!! STEELER NATION!!!!!