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 significant format change as approved by NFL owners. The in-season version of the show will now follow four teams within one division, marking a departure from the previous three-team format. This change is aimed at minimizing disruption for teams participating in the regular season and ensuring that no team gains an advantage from being featured on the show.

The in-season version of “Hard Knocks” first began in 2021 and included teams such as the Cardinals, Colts, and Dolphins. 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 yet been announced. 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 participation 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 no participating teams for 2024 have been revealed yet, it is expected that these new rules will bring more variety and excitement to “Hard Knocks.” With more teams now eligible for both preseason and in-season versions of

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