June 19 (UPI) — HBO plans to send camera crews to Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams services to movie Onerous Knocks this summer time amid the coronavirus pandemic.
HBO introduced the choice of the Rams and Chargers for the pre-season collection on Thursday. NFL staff services are open for coaches, and gamers who want bodily remedy, however have but to open to all gamers. Coaching camp is scheduled to begin in late July.
Onerous Knocks: Los Angeles will debut at 10 p.m. EDT Aug. 11 on HBO. The sports-based actuality present offers an annual behind-the-scenes take a look at NFL groups as they put together for their season. The five-episode collection will finish Sept. 8.
The Rams and Chargers are to share the brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The 70,000-seat stadium was scheduled to open July 25, however that has been pushed again to Aug. 14 due to the pandemic.
HBO stated camera crews will head to southern California in “the following few weeks” to movie the groups.
“We’re trying ahead to having Onerous Knocks in our camp this yr,” Rams coach Sean McVay stated. “Onerous Knocks at all times affords a uncommon alternative for our followers to see our gamers’ arduous work to put together for the season, in addition to offers them a peek behind the scenes to observe these guys off the sphere, too.
“This yr will likely be particular as a result of the present will even get an unprecedented take a look at SoFi Stadium, [team owner] Stan Kroenke’s imaginative and prescient for skilled soccer in L.A.”
Information of the Chargers’ and Rams’ choice for the collection got here on the identical day Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, stated that it “could be very arduous to see” how the NFL and faculty soccer will likely be performed this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci is a member of the White Home coronavirus activity drive.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued facility-return protocols final week in a memo despatched to groups.
Groups will likely be required to submit infectious illness plans. Gamers and staff employees should put on masks always, except they can not put on a masks due to athletic exercise. Groups should additionally present surgical and fabric masks for gamers and employees and goggles, full face shields, robes and gloves for medical staffers.
The 2019 model of Onerous Knocks featured the Oakland Raiders and had a median of 4.three million viewers per episode.