HBO is reportedly still looking for an NFL team to feature in the next season of "Hard Knocks" and the Minnesota Vikings should consider taking part in it.
Since the show's debut in 2001, the Minnesota Vikings have never been the team selected to participate in the filming of the HBO program, "Hard Knocks".
Multiple current and former members of the Vikings, including Kevin O'Connell, Mike Zimmer, Byron Murphy Jr., and Terence Newman, have been with a team that was previously featured on a season of "Hard Knocks". But the "Hard Knocks" camera crew has never spent the majority of their time filming the show in the state of Minnesota.
This year, HBO apparently is still in need of a team to film for the next season of the show. The network reportedly asked the Detroit Lions, who were the subject of the program last year, if they would be willing to take part in the show again this summer, but the team declined, according to The Detroit News.
HBO also has the ability to force the New York Jets, Washington Commanders, New Orleans Saints, or Chicago Bears to be featured on this year's show, as all four teams are eligible for the program since they meet the requirements of missing the playoffs for at least the last two seasons, none of them have a new head coach, and they haven't been the subject of "Hard Knocks" at any point in the last 10 years.
During the last few months, however, members of each of these four teams have expressed their lack of desire to be featured on "Hard Knocks" this summer. So HBO is still without a team.
Teams can also volunteer to be the subject of the show. So what about the Vikings? They would actually be a great choice for this year's season of "Hard Knocks", and there are multiple reasons why.
Let's go over a few of these reasons, starting with Minnesota just coming off of a season where they provided behind-the-scenes access to an NFL Films camera crew every week.