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April 11, 2012
Lights, camera ... Santa Clara? HBO eyeing 49ers for 'Hard Knocks'

HBO is hoping for a Jets sequel when it comes to its 'Hard Knocks' show, but according to Fox's Adam Schein, the network is eying Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers if the Jets say no. Schein writes the idea is to put cameras in both the 49ers' and Ravens' training camps and make it a Harbaugh brothers theme.

No one has formally approached the 49ers about a 'Hard Knocks' based in Santa Clara, and frankly, it seems unlikely. Trent Baalke is one of the most tight-lipped general managers in the league and Jim Harbaugh won't even divulge an ankle injury to a fourth-string cornerback. Having a camera crew on hand 24-7 does not seem like their cup of tea.

Furthermore, there are the logistical issues that come with a 68,500-seat stadium being built mere yards from the 49ers' practice fields. Unless HBO wants the beep, beep, beep of reversing trucks in the background of its audio, it might want to find another team ...

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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