The easiest solution then, would be to let the teams who want to participate (those owners voting in favor of the rule) to line up as much as they like and leave the other teams to not participate.
“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1
Also there have been 8 seasons of Hard Knocks and 4 of those teams have made the playoffs. Not as much of a distraction as many on here would lead you to believe.
No one remembers who came in second.