In one of the first major developments since announcing their journey back to California, the Los Angeles Rams are going to have their homecoming featured on one of televisions most popular sports shows.
The NFL and the Rams announced Wednesday that HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will document the team in their first training camp in southern California since 1994, which is set to take place at the University of California-Irvine.
The series, set to premiere on Aug. 9, was referred to as a “summertime destination for TV viewers” by HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that he didn’t think the film crews would be any distraction to the team.
“I don’t think so,” Fisher said. “I’ve talked to enough coaches over the years that have done it and a couple of days into it, it’s a non-factor.”
The organization also offered evidence to back up how the show wouldn’t be a distraction. According to a press released issued by the team, the past six teams to appear on the series have equaled or improved their regular season record from the previous season after the show, and four teams went to the postseason after being featured.
Approximately 30 people involved in the NFL Films production crew will film over 1,500 hours over the course of their time with the team before editing everything down into five hour-long episodes.
The show is set to debut its new season on HBO on Aug. 9 at 10 p.m., airing on Tuesdays until the show’s finale on Sept. 6.