MORE DETAILS ON THE NEW SUSPENSION POLICY

In response to Adam Schefter’s report regarding the new policy for fining teams with multiple player suspensions in the same league year, we’ve picked up some additional details from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
First, the policy applies only to suspensions for non-football matters.  Suspensions arising from on-field conduct don’t count.
Second, the fine formula is driven by the number of suspensions.  For the first suspension that triggers a fine (i.e., the second suspension), the penalty is 25 percent of the player’s base salary for the duration of the suspension.  For the second fine-inducing suspension in a given league year, the fine is one third of the player’s base salary for the term of the suspension, not to exceed $350,000.  For the third suspension drawing a fine in a given league year, the penalty is half the player’s base salary for the term of the suspension, not to exceed $500,000.
Third, for repeat offenders under a given policy, the fine is doubled.  That’s why the Cowboys are paying half of Pacman’s salary to the league, instead of 25 percent.
Fourth, Aiello also indicated that this rule, which ultimately became effective on August 1, is the same rule on which Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reported in late May.  Per Marvez’s report, the rule was intended to take effect on June 1.  “We later changed it to  August 1 after making some modifications to the calculations and wanted to allow more time for it to be properly communicated,” Aiello told us via e-mail.
Fifth, and finally, the money collected will be used to fund drug and steroids programs, to Player Development programs, and to the Player Care Foundation, for retired player medical needs.