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IRVING, TX - MAY 10: Gavin Escobar #89 runs a practice drill during the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Minicamp at the Dallas Cowboys Valley Ranch Headquarters on May 10, 2013 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Dallas Cowboys have appeared on “Hard Knocks” twice. Now, the NFL is trying to spread it around.

At their fall meetings Tuesday, owners approved a measure that allows the league to choose which team will be the focus of the documentary-style show if no club volunteers.

Certain teams would be exempt from being forced to participate in the filming:

  • those with new coaches;
  • those that reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons;
  • those that appeared on “Hard Knocks” within the preceding 10 years.

So far, only seven of the 32 NFL teams have been on the series, which airs on HBO: Dallas Cowboys (twice), Cincinnati Bengals (twice), New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cowboys appeared on the show in 2002 and 2008 and cannot be “forced” to participate until after 2018.

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