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Goodell Says Decision On "Hard Knocks" Team Coming Soon, Admits Some Have Pushed Back

The Bears are one of eight teams eligible for this season's edition
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday said there are "several clubs that are interested" in partaking in this season's edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks," but he does not currently "have an update" on which one will ultimately do so, according to Adam Jahns of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Goodell, speaking during the AP Sports Editors meetings in N.Y., said he does not know "whether it’s going to be a volunteer or if it’s somebody who is going to have to fulfill the obligation. But I’m sure that decision will be made pretty soon." Jahns notes eight teams are eligible for the series this season including the Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams and Steelers. Of those teams, the Bears "are definitely the most exciting." Goodell admitted that he "has felt resistance from teams" over participating in the series. Goodell: "To be fair yes, sure. That’s one of the reasons why we passed the policy that we did is to get every team the opportunity to do this. We understand ... that it’s an additional thing to film out around your (training) camp and some clubs prefer not to have it. But it's important for all clubs to contribute to it in some fashion" (SUNTIMES.com, 4/24).
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