Oct 16, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) fights with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz after the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber- USA TODAY Sports

NFL May Be Able to Force Detroit Lions to Appear on HBO's Hard Knocks

The NFL is currently holding their annual Fall owners meeting and one proposal that has passed will be of interest to Detroit Lions that have wanted to see the team on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

While this is certainly no guarantee the Lions will ever be the subject of the show, it does put the possibility in play even though the organization has firmly refused any interest. As Rapoport notes, there would have to be a lack of volunteers for this to happen. Albert Breer adds that the playoff exception requires two-straight appearances.


Breer later tweeted clarification that it is teams that have appeared in either of the previous two playoffs have the right to say no.

That brings up another point. If there aren’t any volunteers and the Lions weren’t exempt based on a coaching change or playoff appearance, would the league ever pick the Lions? Rapoport’s follow-up tweet suggest so.


The Lions aren’t mentioned specifically but they do fit the profile of a team without a national following. Add in compelling players like Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and Ndamukong Suh and it is hard to think the Lions wouldn’t make the short list if a team has to be “compelled” (forced) to appear on the show.

It should be noted that this rule isn’t likely about forcing any particular teams to participate, it is setting up a mechanism to ensure there will always be a subject.

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