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

Report: NFL Has Power to Force 8 Teams to Do 'Hard Knocks' in 2014
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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'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
Team Reason
Atlanta Falcons Playoffs
Baltimore Ravens Playoffs
Carolina Panthers Playoffs
Cincinnati Bengals Playoffs/Previous Appearance
Cleveland Browns New Coach
Dallas Cowboys Previous Appearance
Denver Broncos Playoffs
Detroit Lions New Coach
Green Bay Packers Playoffs
Houston Texans New Coach/Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs Playoffs/Previous Appearance
Miami Dolphins Previous Appearance
Minnesota Vikings New Coach/Playoffs
New England Patriots Playoffs
New Orleans Saints Playoffs
New York Jets Previous Appearance
Philadelphia Eagles Playoffs
San Diego Chargers Playoffs
San Francisco 49ers Playoffs
Seattle Seahawks Playoffs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Coach
Tennessee Titans New Coach
Washington Redskins New Coach/Playoffs

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