NFL’s “Hard Knocks” undergoes major changes for 2024 season, features entire division in in-season show and expands eligibility criteria for preseason version

NFL owners greenlight major alterations to Hard Knocks: Up to five teams may be showcased annually

In 2024, the NFL’s “Hard Knocks” is set to return with some new changes after the league’s owners approved several new rules for the show. According to CBS Sports lead NFL insider Jonathan Jones, the in-season version of “Hard Knocks” will now feature four teams within one division. The show, which began in 2021, has previously showcased three teams at a time, such as the Cardinals, Colts, and Dolphins. The decision to include an entire division is likely aimed at minimizing disruption for individual teams during the regular season and ensuring no team gains a competitive advantage.

The preseason version of “Hard Knocks” will continue to feature one team. New rules have been implemented regarding which teams are eligible to be on the show, including exemptions for teams with first-year head coaches, teams participating in the upcoming in-season show, and teams that have appeared on “Hard Knocks” within the past eight years. Under the previous rules, teams that had made the playoffs in the past two seasons or appeared on “Hard Knocks” within the past 10 years could decline participation. However, these rules have been revised to increase the pool of eligible teams.

The NFL has not disclosed the lineup for the 2024 season yet but given that Dolphins and Cardinals have participated in recent years it is unlikely they will be chosen again soon. The changes promise to make

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