In a move akin to a carnival barker turning down a megaphone or a Kardashian hiding from the paparazzi, Rex Ryan does not want HBO reality cameras to invade New York Jets training camp this summer.
According to Adam Schein of FoxSports.com, team owner Woody Johnson has told HBO he's interested in having the Jets featured on "Hard Knocks," the training camp reality series, but Ryan is against the move, saying he'd prefer not to have a "circus-like atmosphere" surround the team. Good thing Rex traded for Tim Tebow then; he's like the black sheep Ringling brother. No circus around him.
Johnson is said to crave the attention "Hard Knocks" brings his team. It steals attention away from the New York Giants and puts the Jets on the back pages of the New York tabloids from late-July until the start of the season. That's great for Rupert Murdoch, but what does Johnson care? Dominating headlines in January is far more important than doing so in August. And if his coach thinks that the best way to do that is to spurn HBO's advances, then there's only one move to make.
But we can see why Johnson is conflicted. He's listened to Rex's bluster for four years and now he's being told that it's the wrong recipe?
Should the Jets resist pay-cable temptation, HBO will explore the possibility of a joint program featuring the Harbaugh brothers in San Francisco and Baltimore. When that falls through, Jacksonville is said to be interested, a possibility which should put all reality TV fans firmly on Team Woody.
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