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Nine teams possible to be drafted into Hard Knocks

Jim Leonhard,

New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard, left, is filmed by a Hard Knocks crew member during morning practice at the team’s NFL football training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)


Teams can always volunteer to be on HBO’s training camp reality show Hard Knocks if they choose.

But with some teams not eager to be filmed 24-7 in recent years, the league came up with a draft pool of teams that could be compelled to participate.

Via Richard Deitsch of, a list of nine teams meet the qualifications for next year: Washington, the Giants, Vikings, Bucs, Rams, Browns, Texans, Jaguars and Titans.

Teams exempt from the duty include teams with first-year coaches, teams that have made the playoffs the last two seasons, and teams that have been on the show the last 10 years.

Many coaches consider it an unwelcome intrusion, but others take a bigger-picture view, opting for the ability to use it as a marketing tool.

Of course, since winning consistently can keep you off the show, coaches who don’t want to participate always have a chance to never be on it.