HBO’s Hard Knocks: Who’s Got Next?

May 5, 2014
By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that some teams have pushed back over appearing on the popular HBO series “Hard Knocks.” While Goodell said a decision on the participating team would be announced soon, it’s unclear whether a team will volunteer or will be mandated by the league.

There are several pros and cons of appearing on the show. While “Hard Knocks’” popularity can help increase marketability of some teams, other team have been reluctant to appear on the show because of the distraction it creates for players during practice, and for not wanting to give away any secrets.

As a result, the NFL last year passed new rules that allow the league to require teams participate. Teams that have a new head coach, made the postseason in one of the last two seasons or, were on the show in the last 10 years can opt out of being included. Based on those criteria, eight teams are eligible for this year’s show, with the Bears, Giants, and Steelers are the most likely candidates.

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