As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the nation and alter life as we know it, one of the harder hit industries has been the sports world. Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for the virus and leagues across the country have been placed on hold.
However with the NFL season still months away, there is a chance we see it kick off on time. Given the current lack of sports content, the NFL’s marquee offseason show- the HBO produced Hard Knocks, is reportedly set to feature two teams for the first time. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hard Knocks is planning to cover both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
For the first time, “Hard Knocks” is planning to supersize and feature two teams in the same summer: the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, league sources told ESPN — if there are training camps.
No announcement is planned this week, as the NFL and NFL Films are focused on the first virtual draft in league history because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the exciting news for NFL fans and sports enthusiasts in general, it’s right to be cautious about the plausibility of Hard Knocks even airing. As Schefter added at the end of his report, there’s still a large amount of uncertainty as to whether training camp will even be held this summer.
The virus has already complicated a number of things for the NFL, including next month’s NFL Draft but it could even affect the season and when/if training camps are held. There are some encouraging signs, including the possibility of the MLB reopening next month, but it remains to be seen if viewers get to enjoy a Hard Knocks season that features both teams from LA.