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Updated: May 17th, 2012 4:11pm
Vikings decline opportunity to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

Vikings decline opportunity to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

by Judd Zulgad
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Add the Minnesota Vikings to the list of NFL teams that won't be appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks" during training camp this summer.

An NFL source said that for the second consecutive year interest was expressed in having the Vikings be part of a show that has become very popular but is seen as being far too intrusive by many organizations.

"Hard Knocks" is a multi-show series that not only features up-close looks at training camp practices but also takes viewers behind the scenes, showing team meetings and even players being cut.

With a roster filled with newcomers and a rebuilding project that already is tough enough, it's not surprising the Vikings have no interest in adding a potential distraction.

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told the website Pro Football Talk this week that he would not feel comfortable having his team featured, adding HBO and the NFL also had not asked the Redskins to appear.

HBO ended up not having a "Hard Knocks" series last season because of the NFL lockout, which ended in late July.

The Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Denver Broncos also reportedly have declined a chance to appear or stated they don't have any interest. Jed York, who is CEO of the 49ers, has tweeted that his team can be taken off the list of potential candidates for "Hard Knocks."

The Jets and coach Rex Ryan got plenty of attention in 2010 when they were the featured team on "Hard Knocks" but not all of it was positive.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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