The Raiders Will Be Taking The Field For HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

With their own infamous “Big Three”, you knew this was a done deal for HBO and the NFL.

The Raiders were a walking circus and finished 4-12 in Jon Gruden’s return as head coach in 2018.

But after some key moves this off-season, including the acquisition of Antonio Brown and the recent signing of Richie Incognito, HBO came calling and now the Raiders will be featured in the 14th edition of the series “Hard Knocks.”

This season in Oakland is rich with a cast of characters built for TV and could be the most insane offering ever.

“Everyone wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a team-issued release.

The first episode will air on August 6th.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is loved by the cameras. He spent nine years as the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”. Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach back in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Bucs, has a persona that rivals his new wide receiver, former Pittsburgh Steelers enigma Antonio Brown.

With a cast consisting of Antonio Brown, the infamous Richie Incognito and former Bengals’ human penalty flag, Vontaze Burfict, the Raiders have the perfect cast for the award winning “Hard Knocks”, which will set the tone for the ascension of the Raiders back to relevance. This is a home run for HBO and the NFL.



JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.