This NFL Team Will Be Featured On HBO's 'Hard Knocks' Series
By Jason Hall
March 28, 2022
The Detroit Lions will be the NFL team featured on HBO's series Hard Knocks chronicling training camp this season.
The Lions announced their participation in this year's edition of the long-running series on Monday (March 28) morning in a post shared on their verified Twitter account.
"Get your [popcorn] ready," the Lions tweeted with a graphic featuring head coach Dan Campbell, quarterback Jared Goff and others.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the five-episode season chronicling the Lions' training camp session will debut on Tuesday, August 9 and continue on a weekly basis until its season finale on September 6.
"The five-episode season debuts Tuesday, Aug. 9, with additional hour-long episodes debuting subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the September 6 season finale," Schefter tweeted.
The Lions were among three NFL teams -- along with the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets -- that were prohibited from turning down HBO's invitation to be featured on Hard Knocks this season in compliance with NFL rules for ensuring cooperation with the popular television program, ESPN reports.
Detroit looks to bounce back from a 3-13 finish during Campbell's first season as head coach, which included colorful press conference and interesting soundbites that made the team an enticing choice for the show.
"We are excited about the opportunity to showcase the City of Detroit and the amazing culture we are building at the Lions. HBO Sports and NFL Films are the best of the best, and we know they will be excellent partners in sharing our story with football fans around the world," Lions president and CEO Rod Wood said in a statement obtained by ESPN on Monday.
The Lions will be the 15th NFL franchise to be featured on the popular series chronicling NFL training camp.
The Dallas Cowboys -- who initially appeared on Season 2 in 2002 -- have been featured three times, the most of any team, which included an appearance in 2021.
The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals -- the most recent Super Bowl matchup -- have both been featured twice.
The Indianapolis Colts became the first team to be chronicled during an in-season version of the show in 2021, however, HBO has not confirmed whether that format will continue in 2022.