CINCINNATI (AP) - The star-crossed Bengals are about to become
HBO's latest stars.
The cable channel and NFL Films chose one of the league's
least-successful teams of the last 18 years for its next "Hard
Knocks" training camp series. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were
the ones followed through training camp.
HBO started the program in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was the defensive coordinator in
Baltimore then, so he's familiar with how it works. Still,
television executives had to do some arm-twisting to get the team
to go along.
The Bengals have only one winning record since 1991, when owner
Mike Brown took over. One intriguing subplot will be how Brown, who
shies away from cameras, comes across in the episodes. Brown didn't
attend a news conference about the show.
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