The NFL may expand regulations for mandatory participation in preseason “Hard Knocks”

Hard Knocks Expansion: NFL Seeking to Open Up Show to More Teams

According to journalist Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, the NFL is currently considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the popular preseason series Hard Knocks. Currently, there are certain exemptions in place that prevent certain teams from being featured on the show. These include 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, the league office is now seeking a vote from owners to change these rules 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 either this season or the next season. The exemption based on playoffs will also be eliminated.

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

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