Yesterday, the Oakland Raiders announced they would be the team chosen for this season of Hard Knocks. To the surprise of few, the Raiders feel like the perfect fit for the behind-the-scenes show. After the initial thought of fans appearing hesitant, many embraced the move. On top of that, the organization and players appear ready for the lights on in August. With that said, this week’s Quote Translator should yield interesting findings.
“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, ‘Hard Knocks’ with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” Peter Nelson, executive vice president for HBO Sports, wrote in a press release announcing the decision. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”
The Raiders hire Jon Gruden. He makes wild trades after signing long-term contract. The team heads to Las Vegas next season. With a final year in Oakland, the Raiders look to bring the era close with a long playoff run. However, regardless of success, the various personalities around the team will make this an unforgettable year.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, in March
“It would be disruptive,” “We’ve got a lot of business to take care of, get ready for the season. I appreciate that they might think we’d be great TV, but we got something to accomplish.”
This was a bluff. From the quickness of the announcement, the Raiders completely changed their tune. Either the NFL flexed its muscle or the team saw the opportunity. The organization receives free publicity. Think of how many eyes will focus on Oakland now.
In essence, the Raiders made the bold move. The team wanted to make a big splash. Regardless of who chose this, this will happen. The Raiders will occupy the house that a Soprano built, Omar renovated and Arya defended. Get your popcorn ready.
"Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one."
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) June 11, 2019