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NESN set to reveal Bruins behind the scenes

Persuading a professional sports team to grant prolonged all-access to a film crew is an increasingly tough sell. The lack of willing subjects is one reason why the only-semi-interesting Cincinnati Bengals were profiled for the second time in five years on HBO’s compelling training-camp reality series “Hard Knocks.” Five teams, including the 49ers, Seahawks, and Falcons, declined before the Bengals signed on.

That show even took a one-year hiatus in 2011 when no team would commit amid the lockout turmoil, and the Dolphins agreed to be documented in 2012 only after a late scramble by HBO. As fascinating as it would be to watch the Patriots on “Hard Knocks,’’ we’d all agree that there’s a better chance of the Snow Bowl being replayed in Hades than of Bill Belichick ever permitting such an intrusion.

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