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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Decline Hard Knocks Offer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the leading candidate to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, but the organization posted a statement Monday saying they have declined the offer:

Some of you may have heard that we were approached by the league about the possibility of being this year’s team on “Hard Knocks.” After discussing the idea and carefully considering the opportunity, we have respectfully declined. It was certainly an honor to be considered, and we think it is a good indication of the excitement and national interest that is forming around our team. This year, however, we believe it is in the best interests of the team to keep the focus on the field and what we hope to accomplish in 2011. As we told the league, we would be honored to be considered again in the future; it is always an entertaining and informative show and we look forward to watching whomever takes our spot this year.

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