HBO Sports President: "People are dying to see the underbelly of all the other sports"...
That's what you can expect to fill the production void left by the cancellation of "Joe Buck Live."
Ross Greenburg of HBO Sports tells the Boomer and Carton radio show on WFAN that their form of NFL reality TV will be hitting other leagues:
"What we would like to do is expand (Hard Knocks) into other sports. That's our first foray into something new I think."
"We think "24/7" and "Hard Knocks" is a formula that works for us and people are dying to see the underbelly of all the other sports."
Before focusing most of their attention on gabfest television, ESPN spent the early part of the 2000's investing in similar productions that did things like take viewers behind the scenes of the Los Angeles Clippers and go in-depth with the D-League. The production companies hired to produce those shows used far fewer cameras than are being employed by HBO and NFL Films to do "Hard Knocks."
The question is will HBO be able to convince an NBA team that matters to join them for the preseason?
I'm sure Gregg Popovich and Jerry Sloan are salivating at the idea.
You'd be more likely to see the Knicks on board with Artie Lange as a featured sidebar character.