Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Will Camp under Big Spotlight; Team Is Chosen as Subject of Television Documentary, Meaning Nothing Is off Limits

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Will Camp under Big Spotlight; Team Is Chosen as Subject of Television Documentary, Meaning Nothing Is off Limits

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

The NFL has decided that the Jaguars are ready for their closeup.

Following in the footsteps of the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys, the Jaguars will be the subject of a weekly, Hard Knocks-style documentary to be shown on the fledgling NFL Network this summer, team and league officials confirmed Tuesday.

The hour-long program, which has yet to be given a title, will focus on the Jaguars -- both behind the scenes and on the field -- as they go through training camp and the preseason.

Jacksonville's TV viewers may have limited access to the show. The NFL Network is less than a year old and only available locally on the DirecTV satellite system, which has just 12.6 million subscribers nationwide.

NFL Network spokesman Seth Palansky said the league has exchanged proposals with Comcast, the Jacksonville area's primary cable provider, about adding the network but is unsure if an agreement could be reached by this summer.

The show, which will be taped by crews from NFL Films, will be in the same vein as Hard Knocks, a league-produced weekly documentary shown on HBO that profiled the Ravens in 2001 and the Cowboys in 2002.

HBO passed on broadcasting the Jaguars documentary because the network didn't want to compete with the Summer Olympics in Athens, which also will be held this summer, Palansky said.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was a Ravens assistant in 2001 when Hard Knocks was filmed. Del Rio said that experience prompted him to agree to let crews film the team's every move and meeting this August and September.

"Having been through it before gave me the confidence not to be afraid of it," Del Rio said Tuesday.

"Other coaches turn it down because of the fear of the unknown, but I see it as a tremendous opportunity. …

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