NFL owners approve radical changes to Hard Knocks: Up to five teams may be featured annually

In 2024, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will have a new format that has been approved by NFL owners. The in-season version of the show will focus on four teams within a single division, marking a change from the previous three-team format. This change aims to minimize disruption for teams participating in the regular season and ensure that no team gains an advantage from being featured on the show.

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.

With more teams now eligible for the preseason version and the addition of an entire division for the in-season version, “Hard Knocks” is set to bring more variety and excitement to viewers. While we do not yet know which four teams will be part of this new format, we can expect an engaging and dynamic season that will provide fans with an up-close look at their favorite NFL franchises like never before.

By Aiden Johnson

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