- Last Updated: 5:45 AM, May 12, 2012
- Posted: 1:16 AM, May 12, 2012
The circus will not be televised.
The Jets passed on a chance to appear on HBO’s reality show “Hard Knocks” a few weeks ago, according to a league source.
Speculation had been rampant since the team traded for quarterback Tim Tebow in March it might make a second appearance in three years on the show that offers a behind-the-scenes look at training camp. The Jets camp in Cortland, N.Y., figures to be a circus with all of the attention on Tebow. The Jets did not want HBO’s cameras adding to that mix.
According to the source, the Jets opted against appearing because this is offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s first year with the team. The team is not ruling out future appearances on the show.
The Jets gained national attention in 2010 when they starred on the show and storylines such as Darrelle Revis’ holdout, Rex Ryan’s foul mouth and Antonio Cromartie’s trouble remembering the names of his children all drew huge attention.
Jets owner Woody Johnson fueled the speculation his team might appear on the show last month when he said they would discuss it if formally approached. This could be a case in which the football side of the organization won out over the business side, which surely sees the TV show as a way to connect with fans and sell tickets.Follow @NYPostsports