Will the Bears get the call for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' this summer?

Will the Bears get the call for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' this summer?
June 10, 2014, 7:45 pm
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CSN Staff

As NFL teams prepare to break for training camp next month, HBO could be nearing a final decision for their training camp documentary series "Hard Knocks."

A report surfaced in late April that listed the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants as the three finalists.

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Chicago is in the running due to a rule the NFL put in place last year. The league is allowed to a force a team to let HBO film their training camp sessions if they meet a certain criteria. The requirements that allow teams to be exempt include: recently hiring a new head coach, a postseason appearance in one of the two previous seasons or has been on the show within the past decade.

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."

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The Cleveland Browns, although exempt, were a heavy favorite to be on "Hard Knocks." But on Tuesday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed that the team turned down the chance to appear on the documentary this summer.

Last summer, HBO announced that the Cincinnati Bengals would be their featured team on June 17. If history is any indication, we should know if the Bears will HBO-bound in exactly a week.

Check out what the SportsTalk Live panel had to say about the possibility of the Bears appearing on "Hard Knocks" in the video above.