UPDATE: The Falcons declined HBO’s offer to appear on the popular show Hard Knocks, the team confirmed on Saturday.
As of late Thursday, the team was still considering the offer. Thomas Dimitroff, the team’s general manager, spoke about the offer on Thursday and stated that team needed to emphasis winning in order to improve their brand nationally.
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcon general manager Thomas Dimitroff did not shed any light on if the team will accept HBO’s offer to appear on the show “Hard Knocks.”
“ Right now, I have nothing to offer on that,” Dimitroff said on Thursday.
He noted that the football operations department has been preparing for the draft and that HBO will not be around to shoot any backup footage during the draft, which is set for April 26-28.
He has not talked to other teams who have appeared on the show.
“Like all of us, we’ve watched it over the years and there have been some highlights,” Dimitroff said. “There have been some highlights, no questions about that. It’s interesting TV.”
In some ways, he considers it an honor that HBO would want to chronicle the team’s training camp.
“I am proud of where we are,” Dimitroff said. “I feel that we are the type of organization that would be considered in not only this situation that you are referring to, but other situations from a national perspective. We need to continue to build Arthur’s brand.”
While the television show would expose the Falcons to a national audience, Dimitroff stated that the best way to build the brand was to play winning football.
“TV really doesn’t mean that much if we’re not putting wins in the win column,” Dimitroff said.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog