May 20, 2024 12:40 am
NFL owners approve radical changes to Hard Knocks: Up to five teams may be featured annually

In 2024, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will undergo a major format change as approved by NFL owners. The show will now follow four teams within one division instead of the previous three-team format. This new approach aims to minimize disruption for teams during the regular season and ensure that no team gains an advantage from being featured on the show.

The in-season version of “Hard Knocks” debuted in 2021 with teams like the Cardinals, Colts, and Dolphins participating. With the new rule in place, the show will now focus on four teams within a single division, although the specific division for 2024 has not been announced yet. Teams can now decline participation if they have a first-year head coach, are slated for the in-season show in the upcoming season or the following year, or have been featured on “Hard Knocks” in the past eight years.

Previously, teams could decline if they had made the playoffs in the past two seasons, but this rule has been eliminated. Additionally, the time span for teams to avoid participation due to previous appearances on the show has been reduced from 10 to 8 years. These changes aim to increase the pool of eligible teams for the show and make each season more exciting for viewers.

While we don’t know which teams will participate in 2024, we can expect more variety and excitement from “Hard Knocks.” With more teams eligible for both versions and an entire division dedicated to the in-season version, fans are set for an engaging and dynamic season ahead.

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