The Miami Dolphins agreed to participate in the HBO Sports reality television show “Hard Knocks” for the program’s seventh season in August.
The program will chronicle the Dolphins’ training camp and preseason, also focusing on coach Joe Philbin’s rookie year in the job, HBO Sports said in a statement.
“This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate,” Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, said in the statement.
The series debuted in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens and featured the New York Jets in 2010, the last time it was aired. HBO skipped the show last year as the National Football League and its players union worked out a new collective bargaining agreement. Other teams involved in the series have been the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009).
The Jets’ appearance two years ago drew criticism over profanity used by coach Rex Ryan and other team members. New York, which traded for popular quarterback Tim Tebow in March, was approached by HBO about appearing again, the Associated Press said this month, citing an anonymous person familiar with the decision. The team declined because it wanted the players not to be distracted while installing a new offensive system as the Jets try to come back from an 8-8 season in which they lost their last three games and missed the playoffs for the first time under Ryan.
The Atlanta Falcons also turned down the chance to be featured, AP said.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has worked to infuse the franchise into the entertainment world since taking a controlling stake in the team in 2009. Singers Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan are part-owners, and singer Jimmy Buffett is a business partner.
Miami went 6-10 last year and hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2008 season. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Dolphins’ undefeated season capped by a Super Bowl title, the only time that has been accomplished in NFL history.
“All the decisions that have been made this offseason have had one guiding principle -- will it help our players and organization reach its full potential?” Philbin said in a statement. “This one is no different.”
“Hard Knocks” premieres Aug. 7.
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