At the last Owner’s meeting, the NFL owners passed what is called “The Hard Knocks Rule” since so many teams were opting out of the HBO miniseries that tracks one team’s training camp experience. The cable network will seek volunteers, but if no one volunteers, the league will appoint a team BUT there are three key exceptions:
All organizations will be eligible with the exception of those that have a first-year head coach; teams that have made the playoffs in at least one of the last two seasons; and teams that have participated in the previous 10 seasons.
Teams that can’t back out because of the above reasons include the following:
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams