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Jets will be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with coach Rex Ryan during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Photo Credit: Associated Press

It long has seemed like a match made in reality TV heaven, and now it's on the verge of reality.

The Jets are expected to announce Thursday they will be featured this summer on HBO's "Hard Knocks,'' the weekly series that chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of an NFL team during training camp.

This notion would have been inconceivable during Eric Mangini's buttoned-up term as head coach, but Rex Ryan has a far less restrictive approach and has proven to be a television natural himself.

Ryan also has direct experience with the show. He was the defensive line coach for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens when they were featured on the first "Hard Knocks'' in 2001.

Since then the show has tabbed the Cowboys twice (2002, '08), Chiefs ('07) and Bengals ('09).

In addition to fitting the Jets' personality under Ryan, the show presumably will help focus attention on the franchise as it attempts to sell personal seat licenses and tickets for 2010 and beyond.

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