HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks In Season’ to feature Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals will be a fixture beyond the football field in 2022 and featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks In Season” for 2022, becoming the second NFL team to do so following the Indianapolis Colts last year.
This will be the Cardinals’ first appearance on any of the “Hard Knocks,” a series that takes a closer look into NFL teams and grants fans behind-the-scenes access.
“Last season ‘Hard Knocks’ made an unprecedented leap, documenting an NFL regular season in real time for the first time ever with the Indianapolis Colts,” NFL Films VP and senior coordinating producer Keith Cossrow said in a press release.
“It was a vivid and illuminating look at the life of an NFL team. This season, we are eager to build on that success and go even further with one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. We can’t wait to get to work in Arizona, and we thank Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim, Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and the entire Cardinals organization for this opportunity.”
The series kicks off during the second half of the season and will be available in November. If the scheduling follows last year’s, “Hard Knocks” will pick up the team around Week 10 and follow it through the remainder of the season.
With how the Cardinals’ schedule lines up, the series could start kick off against the Los Angeles Rams before traveling to Mexico City for an international matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
The timing also means wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will have served his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy in full.
But while this marks the Cardinals’ first time on “Hard Knocks,” the franchise knows a thing or two about being on camera.
On top of their self-created “Flight Plan” series, Arizona was featured on the premiere season of Amazon’s “All or Nothing” in 2016, which followed the team throughout the 2015 season. It won an Emmy for outstanding serialized sports documentary.
“We’re excited to feature the Arizona Cardinals on ‘Hard Knocks’ during the NFL regular season in the upcoming installment of ‘Hard Knocks In Season’,” co-heads of HBO documentary and family programming Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller said.
“We couldn’t be happier to continue to expand our tremendously successful partnership with the NFL and grow the ‘Hard Knocks’ experience for our viewers. We’re thrilled that the Cardinals will be joining the roster of teams that have graciously invited our audiences into their world.”
The “Hard Knocks” slate kicks off this preseason on Aug. 9 and features the Detroit Lions.