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The Raiders are among eight teams eligible for “Hard Knocks,” the HBO documentary series based on life in an NFL training camp. While that may not be a positive around Raiders HQ, the team may not have a say in the matter.
The league could force them to do the show. Teams can back out for a list of reasons the Raiders and seven other teams don’t qualify for. Deadspin originally reported the list of teams with no say in the matter on Monday.
Teams with a new head coach, teams that have made a playoff appearance in the last two seasons or teams that have been on the show already don’t have to participate.
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One of those teams can volunteer. So can the remaining eight. If no one does, the Raiders could be called upon.
The other seven without a choice in the matter: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.