'Hard Knocks' 2020 Season Could Feature Both Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers

Should the 2020 NFL season ever get underway, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will share the new state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium. The two franchises could share more than that, with reports they might both feature on Hard Knocks, the signature show of the NFL offseason.

According to ESPN, the NFL is considering the option of having two teams on the show for the first time should training camp go ahead as planned. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, NFL Films, which produces the show along with HBO, is planning to go ahead should training camp commence as expected in the summer.

Like the two franchises, NFL Films is based in Los Angeles, which would make featuring both teams on the show far easier than it would be if it were to cover two teams based hundreds of miles away from each other.

While the 2020 instalment of HBO's access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes documentary isn't scheduled to air until August, the NFL was due to announce the team that will feature on the series last week.

However, the league was forced to postpone it as the league's annual meeting was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Similarly, NFL Film seemed to pushed back on the report.

"Right now we're focused on the NFL Draft and we don't have any Hard Knocks-related announcements planned," a spokesperson told Newsweek on Wednesday.

In previous years, the announcement was made in May, but last year the NFL waited until June to confirm the Oakland Raiders—and the plethora of storylines they carried—would feature on Hard Knocks.

Should the NFL opt to feature both the Rams and the Chargers, it would have to re-write the current guidelines that regulate which franchises can feature on Hard Knocks.

Since 2013, the league can force a team to participate if a franchise does not volunteer to appear on the show.

Currently, teams are exempt from consideration if they have played in the postseason in the past two years or have been the focus of the series in the previous decade. Teams who have a first-year coach are also not considered.

Both Los Angeles-based franchises fall in the former category having made the playoffs in the 2018 season, with the Chargers losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the Rams falling to the same opponent in Super Bowl LIV.

Under current regulations, HBO has a five-team pool to choose from, which includes the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 2020 edition will mark the 15th season of Hard Knocks, which has developed into a staple of the NFL offseason since the Baltimore Ravens were the first to feature on the series in 2001.

The show is granted unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, which it uses to explore a series of different storylines.

These change from team to team but they loosely almost always include how new signings fit into a team, the impact rookies can have in their first season and the coaching team's plans for the season.

Newsweek has contacted HBO for comment.

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Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams calls a play during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty