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Friday, January 24, 2014
Would Raiders be 'Hard Knocks' volunteer?

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders may indeed be one of eight teams in a pool the NFL can potentially force to participate in HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer.

But that does not mean the Raiders would be happy about it.

I've asked general manager Reggie McKenzie about the possibility of the Raiders starring in the training camp reality series in the past and he was not a fan of it then. So there's no reason to believe he'd want to do it now.

The team declined comment and, if they are obligated to open up camp to prying cameras, there's no reason to disclose they'd be against it now and butt heads with the NFL, right?

Per numerous reports, the NFL will ask for volunteers to do the show and, if no teams raise their hands, the league will step in and make a choice for them. There are three exceptions, however, that would prohibit the league from forcing a team to take part: a team with a first-year head coach (Dennis Allen is entering this third year), a team that has made the playoffs in one of the past two seasons (the Raiders last appeared in the postseason following the 2002 season) and a team that has already done "Hard Knocks" in the past 10 seasons (the Raiders have never done the show).

The seven other teams that could be drafted, so to speak, then: the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills, the Chicago Bears, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the St. Louis Rams.

If the Raiders get backed into a corner, maybe Allen should sweat for his job as a new coach would eliminate Oakand from possibility, right? I kid ... kinda.