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Report: NFL Has Power to Force 8 Teams to Do 'Hard Knocks' in 2014

An HBO Hard Knocks television crew films Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis being interviewed at the NFL football team's annual media luncheon, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Cincinnati. The Bengals open training camp Thursday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

The National Football League has had trouble in recent seasons getting teams to participate in HBO's Hard Knocks, but it reportedly has the power to force eight teams to take part in the 2014 edition of the show.

NFL owners passed a rule in October that gives the league the ability to force certain teams into participating, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapaport, per NFL.com's Around the League's Chris Wesseling.

The league will still ask for volunteers to do the show. If no team steps forward, the league will then choose from a handful of teams. Every team will be eligible to be selected unless it meets one of three exceptions:

  1. Teams that have a first-year head coach
  2. Teams that made the playoffs in one of the last two seasons
  3. Teams that have participated in Hard Knocks within the previous 10 seasons

Which teams are eligible to be selected by the league to do Hard Knocks in 2014? A Deadspin reader named Ryan, via Deadspin's Barry Petchesky, broke down the list of eligible teams:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • New York Giants
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • St. Louis Rams

Here are the teams that cannot be forced into doing the show:

Teams NFL cannot force to do 'Hard Knocks' in 2014
TeamReason
Atlanta FalconsPlayoffs
Baltimore RavensPlayoffs
Carolina PanthersPlayoffs
Cincinnati BengalsPlayoffs/Previous Appearance
Cleveland BrownsNew Coach
Dallas CowboysPrevious Appearance
Denver BroncosPlayoffs
Detroit LionsNew Coach
Green Bay PackersPlayoffs
Houston TexansNew Coach/Playoffs
Indianapolis ColtsPlayoffs
Kansas City ChiefsPlayoffs/Previous Appearance
Miami DolphinsPrevious Appearance
Minnesota VikingsNew Coach/Playoffs
New England PatriotsPlayoffs
New Orleans SaintsPlayoffs
New York JetsPrevious Appearance
Philadelphia EaglesPlayoffs
San Diego ChargersPlayoffs
San Francisco 49ersPlayoffs
Seattle SeahawksPlayoffs
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew Coach
Tennessee TitansNew Coach
Washington RedskinsNew Coach/Playoffs
Deadspin.com

Of the eight teams, which would you like to see do Hard Knocks?

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