By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
October 14, 2013
NFL owners this past week gathered in Washington D.C. for their annual fall meeting, taking care of several issues ranging from TV to stadiums. On the TV side, owners passed a new rule to compel teams to appear on the HBO series “Hard Knocks.” Teams will be asked to volunteer for the show, but if no one offers to partake, one team will be appointed. Teams that made the playoffs in the previous two seasons, have a new head coach, or have appeared on the show within the last decade are exempt.
Regarding stadiums, the owners approved $62 million in league funding for the Browns’ stadium renovation project. They approved club seat waivers for the Redskins’ $27 million in upgrades to FedEx Field. Owners also approved the Vikings’ new lease for their HKS-designed stadium set to open in 2016.