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NFL makes ‘Hard Knocks’ appearances mandatory for teams

James Harrison and the Bengals took part in HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ this season. (David Kohl/Associated Press)

NFL owners passed a resolution at their meeting Tuesday in Washington requiring teams to appear on the HBO program “Hard Knocks” if asked, with certain exceptions.

According to the league, the first step in the annual process of choosing a team to appear on the show would be to ask for a volunteer. If there is none, the league would create a pool of teams that would be required to appear if selected.

The teams exempt from such a mandatory appearance are those with new head coaches, those that reached the playoffs in either of the previous two seasons and those that had appeared on the show within a 10-year span.

“So if you don’t want to be on the show,” one league official said, “make the playoffs.”

The Cincinnati Bengals appeared this year on the series, which provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the featured team during training camp.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● More from Mark Maske at the NFL owners’ meetings.

More on the Redskins and NFL:

Outsider: How the secondary moves have helped the run defense

Mailbag: Do Redskins have any interest in Bills’ Byrd?

Owners approve funding for FedEx Field renovations | No action on team name

Tribe pushes for franchise name change as NFL owners gather

At a crossroads under Shanahan: Will the real Redskins please stand up?

D.C. Sports Bog: QBs say RGIII has been humbled | Whiskey for Romo picks | More

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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