Are you ready to go on the field, in the huddle and behind the scenes with your favorite football team? Well, if you are a fan of the Cleveland Browns (my sympathy) you are in luck, as the team is going to be filmed for a new TV series that focuses on life in the National Football League.
The NFL is teaming up with the Travel Channel for NFL Road Tested, a project being developed by the network, NFL Films and RIVR Media. It will follow the Brows as the travel the country preparing for their games during the NFL regular season (the Browns were eliminated from playoff contention when the season kicked off).
The show will focus on how the Browns prepare, as well as their management, including their new owner Jimmy Haslam, who bought the team earlier in the fall for $1 billion.
The show will focus on their games against the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders.
Behind the scenes sports series do well. HBO began the fad with Hard Knocks, which follows NFL teams each year as they prepare for the upcoming season. And Showtime followed suit with The Franchise, which featured a team (the San Francisco Giants in the first year and the Miami Marlins this year) over the course of their Major League Baseball season.
It will be an interesting show to watch. I always wonder how terrible teams maintain their motivation during the year, as winning games actually becomes a negative towards the long-term growth of the franchise, as more wins equal worse draft picks.
NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns debuts Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m.