Hard Knocks Brings Award-Winning Documentary Series to Oakland

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Oakland Raiders team up for an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders kicks off its five-episode season this summer. The 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy Award-winning series debuts Tuesday, August 6 (10 PM ET/PT). The following hour-long episodes of the reality series debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, with encore plays Wednesday nights, culminating in the September 3 season finale. Hard Knocks will be narrated by Liev Schreiber

“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, Hard Knocks with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”

Camera crews will head to the Bay area in the next few weeks to begin filming, with the action heating up in August when the cinema verité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches. Hard Knocks will chronicle head coach Jon Gruden as he leads an intriguing mix of established veterans, free-agent additions and highly regarded rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the preseason. Each week, viewers will get an inside look as players experience the daily rigors of an NFL training camp. Cameras will document hours of conditioning practices and meetings, while chronicling players as they compete for a roster spot and bond off the field.

“Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in League history,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with Coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of Hard Knocks.”

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be in Raiders’ training camp in Napa Valley, shooting more than 1,750 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

“Everybody wants to be a Raider,” says Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.”