One of the worst kept secrets in recent Bucs memory became official on Wednesday as the Buccaneers and HBO announced that Tampa Bay will be featured on the annual HBO series Hard Knocks.

The first episode will air on August 8 at 10 p.m.

Executive vice president of HBO Sports Peter Nelson made the announcement from the auditorium at One Buc Place.

“On behalf of HBO and NFL Films, it is my privilege to announce that the 2017 edition of Hard Knocks will feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Nelson said. “Foremost I want to thank the Glazer family, as well as Jason Licht, coach Koetter as well as all the players, staff and coaches who give their time, energy and resources to make this show the success, and to welcome us not only onto their field, but often their offices and in some cases even into their homes. Without that access this show can never be what it becomes.”

The Bucs were chosen by the NFL, and didn’t lobby for them being the pick to be featured. With that said, the Bucs will fully embrace the opportunity to showcase their team to the rest of the nation, which according to Nelson, averages 3.9 million viewers.

Licht talked during the press conference about the Bucs being featured. 

“We are very excited about this team, for this upcoming season, with the way we ended last year and some of the additions we made so far, and the upcoming draft,” Licht said. “You know there is a lot of hard work that goes into a season, and HBO and NFL Films will be able to capture that for our fans. So I m very excited about it for our fans to see the work that goes on behind the scenes that sometimes isn’t detailed or goes under appreciated….but more than that, the personalities on our team. We have some very colorful, charismatic personalities on our team.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 years ago

Not an HBO subsriber, so I’ll never see it.

Maybe this is where Gerald McCoy, along with a few other older Bucs like Robert Ayers and DeSean Jackson, can take the younger players under their wing and advise them on how to not make yourself a target of criticism and an embarrassment to your team with poorly chosen remarks on camera.

Morgan R
Morgan R
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 years ago

You should get HBO for a month, record the series and then cancel. It’s an excellent show, and really let’s you get up close and personal with our team’s biggest stars. This Hard Knocks is not something a Bucs fan should miss.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 years ago

I signed up for HBO on Tuesday. $20.00 a month more. Big whoop.

Garv
Garv
5 years ago

As expected as the sun coming up tomorrow. And it’s must see television for Buccaneer fans everywhere. It is an excellent program and great news. Those against it have to realize it’s a league decision and eventually every team will get their turn. Learning to handle the national media and the exposure can be a good thing. For fans it’s going to be a great look at traing camp inside of One Buc.

Great news!

MudManVA
MudManVA
5 years ago

No likie but it is what it is. I hope they r ready for it because here it comes.

Go BUCS

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Sounded like this would happen. Not happy but hopefully it’s not a big distraction. Go Bucs! I’ll be watching of course.