NFL’s “Hard Knocks” Returns with New Changes in 2024, Featuring Four Teams within One Division and Increasing Eligibility for Preseason Show

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

In 2024, the NFL’s “Hard Knocks” will return with 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 promises to make it more exciting with a wider range of teams eligible for both preseason and in-season versions.

It is yet to be announced which division will be featured in the 2024 season but given that the Dolphins and Cardinals have participated in recent years it is unlikely they will be chosen again so soon.

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