Report: Bears a finalist for HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

Report: Bears a finalist for HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
April 29, 2014, 7:45 pm
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CSN Staff

A report surfaced on Tuesday afternoon that listed the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants as the three finalists for HBO's training camp documentary series "Hard Knocks." However, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello refuted the report, saying the list is "completely inaccurate."

Although the report of the Bears being a finalist may be inaccurate, Chicago is definitely in the running due to a rule the NFL put in place last year. The NFL implemented a rule that allows the league to force a team to let HBO film their training camp sessions. The requirements that would allow teams to be exempt include: recently hiring a new head coach, made the playoffs in one of the two previous season or has been on the show within the past decade.

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The Bears, along with the Steelers, Giants, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams all qualify to appear on this season's "Hard Knocks."

With training camp less than three months away -- the Bears announced they will report to Olivet Nazarene University for camp on July 24 -- the SportsTalk Live panel shared their thoughts on what the Bears could gain from appearing on the HBO documentary.

"It means nothing," ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg said. "What are the Bears going to gain from it. Maybe nationally, they sell a few jerseys. It's great for the players though because a guy like Martellus Bennett is going to be the star of the show."

Check out the full discussion in the video above.