The immensely popular HBO/NFL Films series "Hard Knocks" will continue for the foreseeable future, thanks to a rule approved today by NFL owners meeting in Washington, D.C.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, league owners approved a rule today that will require one team to participate in the series each year - even if said team declines to volunteer to be on the show. In the past, several teams have turned down requests to have the training camp experience captured by television cameras.
The Jets were a huge hit in the 2010 edition.
Per Rapoport, the league will ask for teams to volunteer in any given year. If no team volunteers, one will be appointed. The only organizations that don't have to volunteer are teams that have made the playoffs in at leaset one of the last two seasons or teams that have participated in the show at least once in the past 10 seasons.