NFL owners pass 'Hard Knocks' measure to add teamsCincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, smiles as he looks at an Emmy that was presented to him by Ross Ketover, right, senior coordinating producer for NFL films and also an executive producer for this year's HBO production of Hard Knocks, Thursday, July 18, 2013 during a news conference, in Cincinnati. HBO won the Emmy the last time they featured the Bengals, and hopes to repeat their success with the Bengals named as the featured team for the 2013 season of Hard Knocks. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL is trying to spread ''Hard Knocks'' around.
At their fall meetings Tuesday, owners approved a measure that allows the league to choose which team will be the focus of the documentary-style show if no club volunteers.
Certain teams would be exempt from being forced to participate in the filming:
- those with new coaches;
- those that reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons;
- those that appeared on ''Hard Knocks'' within the preceding 10 years.
So far, only seven of the 32 NFL teams have been on the series, which airs on HBO: Dallas Cowboys (twice), Cincinnati Bengals (twice), New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Kansas City Chiefs.
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