May 21, 2024 12:52 pm
The NFL may expand regulations for mandatory participation in preseason “Hard Knocks”

According to Sports Business Journal, the NFL is considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the preseason series Hard Knocks. Currently, there are certain exemptions in place such as first-year head coaches, teams that have made the playoffs in the last two seasons, and teams that have done Hard Knocks in the past 10 years. However, these rules could change with a vote of owners.

The league office is seeking to include teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have done Hard Knocks in the past eight years, and teams that will participate in the in-season version of Hard Knocks in the current season or the next season. The exemption based on playoffs will be eliminated.

If this proposal passes, it could become a common occurrence for teams not wanting to be featured on the show. Last year, only four teams were potential candidates for Hard Knocks: Jets, Commanders, Bears, and Saints. Despite not wanting to participate, ultimately it was decided that Jets would be featured on the show marking a first time event where a team selected for Hard Knocks did not want to be featured on it.

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