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Posted at 9:53 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Snyder: No to HBO's Hard Knocks

By Dan Steinberg

Toward the end of Tuesday's D.C. sports owners summit at The Post, the mic was handed to audience members for questions, and the first guy was a winner, asking Ted Leonsis about the exposure his team got from HBO's 24/7, and asking Daniel Snyder whether he'd ever allow HBO's Hard Knocks to focus on the Redskins.

"No," Snyder said, to laughter.

Then Leonsis took over.

"We're in a league," he said. "And the thing about the league is sometimes you have to think of a collective. And hockey is desperate to build its audience and reach a bigger audience. And HBO came calling. We had to think long and hard about it, because there are things in sports that a fan doesn't see. I had never heard Bruce Boudreau curse. There's a new app that's being developed, it's pretty funny, I got to see it: you can take Biblical passages or Shakespeare, and put it through the Bruce Boudreau translator, and it comes out changed.

"We did [24/7] for the league. And I'm happy we did. It was very hard. They follow you everywhere, and HBO are fantastic story tellers, and I think it was epic television. And we all learned a lot, and it was great. And now we've probably set an expectation: if anybody else plays in the Winter Classic, they'll need to do it. I don't think I'd do it in the playoffs, though. I just don't think the pressure of always knowing that everything you're doing is being filmed, it's a tough way to live."

Then Snyder chimed in again.

"Just to follow up on that," he said, "my impression is when you see that Hard Knocks...it's almost like you're creating a situation where the coaches, knowing there's a camera in that room, are acting. And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction."

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 9:53 AM ET
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Comments

Great observation, Dan (Snyder, not Steinberg).

Posted by: mike8 | January 11, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

CATFIGHT!

Posted by: eternale5150 | January 11, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This is baloney. NFL Films has their cameras everywhere, all the time. It'll "distract" people from the image The Danny is trying to project and show what's really there: a barely-functional organization.

I'd hide it, too. They haven't got anything to show off.

Posted by: ouij | January 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction.[God knows we have enough distractions come training camp at Redskins park.]"

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Snyder is against it because he wouldn't get paid for it.

Posted by: dcufan | January 11, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to sue Dan Snyder for using the prhase, "coach up the team." It caused my Spurrieritis to flare up.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 11, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Snyder doesn't want it causes it show you how little the Redskins work.

Posted by: wizardman | January 11, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If you go back and look at the coaches who have dealt with HBO cameras you'll find a mixed bag- coaches who have won Super Bowls (Billick, Parcells), coaches who have had mixed success (Ryan, Lewis, Phillips), and the not-so-good (Herm Edwards).

Like anything else, the functional organisations with adults running things don't miss a beat.

Posted by: jcurrin | January 11, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Note to Dan Snyder: that "distraction" sure didn't stop the New York Jets from advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

Sure wish the Redskins had more "distractions" like that.

Posted by: dell4 | January 11, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to sue Dan Snyder for using the prhase, "coach up the team." It caused my Spurrieritis to flare up.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 11, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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ahahaahahahahaha

Posted by: DCFanatic | January 11, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...was this just The Danny talking about not wanting any distractions for the team? Seems to me he has dedicated his entire reign to either being a distraction, or creating them. This guy's a joke.

Posted by: dcroligan | January 11, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Each owner's stance is smart. Good move, Danny.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | January 11, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The only reason "Danny Boy" doesn't want to do Hard Knocks is that he won't make any money. At least he's consistent - he always sucks.

Posted by: POd2 | January 11, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Change the racist name of the Washington football team Danny Boy. Go Ravens!

Posted by: jmarks09 | January 11, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I want that Boudreau app...

Posted by: clodilla | January 11, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

And to think all this time Deadskins fans thought the deadskin were "REALLY" trying to win games with that crap of a team that Mike Lyingahan put together!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | January 11, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And to think all this time Deadskins fans thought the deadskin were "REALLY" trying to win games with that crap of a team that Mike Lyingahan put together!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | January 11, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is right on this one. When Boudreau talked about his strategy on Malkin, the Penguins now know the strategy.

I think if they stay out of the clubhouse or allow the team to edit, then it is serviceable.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | January 11, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute Dan. 'Hard Knocks' would be a
"distraction"? Are you f'n kidding me?
You've created more distractions and dramas in the ten years of your ownership to last a lifetime! BTW, the 'distracted' Jets are in the playoffs. Please do us a favor and sell the team!

Posted by: bg1fan1 | January 11, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute Dan. 'Hard Knocks' would be a
"distraction"? Are you f'n kidding me?
You've created more distractions and dramas in the ten years of your ownership to last a lifetime! BTW, the 'distracted' Jets are in the playoffs. Please do us a favor and sell the team!

Posted by: bg1fan1 | January 11, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This is baloney. NFL Films has their cameras everywhere, all the time.

Posted by: ouij | January 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Really? NFL films has cameras inside the Redskins front office? Inside Snyder's office? Inside Bruce Allen's office? Inside Mike Shanahan's office? This is what you are claiming? Because that's exactly the kind of filming they do for Hard Knocks.

Some people just don't think their opinions through before they hit submit.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Watching the paranoia of the napoleonic and egotistical Shana-hasbeen on Hard Knocks would cause an onslaught of therapists to descend on Redskin Park.

Posted by: jmueller7 | January 11, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Barno, all those cameras that were in the Jets front office didn't stop them from heading to the playoffs, yet again.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 11, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, listen to Danny Boy ... he really knows how to build a winning team or run a successful organization ... nice.

Ted shows quality leadership and it shows how he manages (and let's others manage) his organizations!

Danny, do DC a favor and sell the team to someone who cares.

Posted by: vmidurk | January 11, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Then Snyder chimed in again.

"Just to follow up on that," he said, "my impression is when you see that Hard Knocks...it's almost like you're creating a situation where the coaches, knowing there's a camera in that room, are acting. And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction."
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Acting? I guess the Skins will have all off season to work with their dialog coaches while the Jets move on to their next playoff opponent...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 11, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Then Snyder chimed in again.

"Just to follow up on that," he said, "my impression is when you see that Hard Knocks...it's almost like you're creating a situation where the coaches, knowing there's a camera in that room, are acting. And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction."
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Acting? I guess the Skins will have all off season to work with their dialog coaches while the Jets move on to their next playoff opponent...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 11, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Then Snyder chimed in again.

"Just to follow up on that," he said, "my impression is when you see that Hard Knocks...it's almost like you're creating a situation where the coaches, knowing there's a camera in that room, are acting. And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction."
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Acting? I guess the Skins will have all off season to work with their dialog coaches while the Jets move on to their next playoff opponent...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 11, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Then Snyder chimed in again.

"Just to follow up on that," he said, "my impression is when you see that Hard Knocks...it's almost like you're creating a situation where the coaches, knowing there's a camera in that room, are acting. And as an owner, as a fan, you really want them to work, go get that work done and coach up the team and win. And I think it's a distraction."
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Acting? I guess the Skins will have all off season to work with their dialog coaches while the Jets move on to their next playoff opponent...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 11, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Barno, all those cameras that were in the Jets front office didn't stop them from heading to the playoffs, yet again.

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 11, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

True, but I wasn't arguing against having Hard Knocks here.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

HBO would never ask to cover the Redskins because they're a huge YAWN of a team.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | January 11, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

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