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Teams face fines for certain on-field infractions by players

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Starting this year, players who are fined for certain types of on-field infractions ultimately will put their teams in line to pay fines, too.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Commissioner Roger Goodell advised all teams in a memo dated August 11, 2011, of an expansion of the “Club Remittance Policy” to include 11 different on-field infractions.

The 11 specific infractions are:  (1) striking/kicking/kneeing; (2) horse collar tackle; (3) facemask violations; (4) leg whip; (5) late hit; (6) spearing; (7) impermissible use of helmet; (8) hit on a defenseless player; (9) blindside block; (10) roughing the passer; and (11) chop block.

Once players on a given team have accumulated $100,000 in fines for the various specified infractions in any season (from the first game of the preseason through the Super Bowl), the team must pay a fine of $50,000.  For the next $50,000 in player fines, the team must pay another $25,000.  After the cumulative fines reach $150,000 in a given season, the team’s fine matches the player’s fine at a dollar-for-dollar rate.

For suspensions, the player’s forfeited salary will be counted toward the team’s total fine amount, up to $50,000.

Trading or cutting a player doesn’t wipe off his fine amounts, and the team cannot seek reimbursement from any player for the fines that the team must pay.

The league previously established a policy for fining teams based on multiple suspensions arising under the personal conduct policy, the substance abuse policy, an the steroids policy.  The goal of the expanded approach is to encourage teams to encouraging the teaching of proper techniques.

It may not matter.  Just as players aren’t fazed by fines, teams may not care about losing some money in the name of playing the game aggressively.  Thus, just as suspensions may be needed to get a player’s attention, a team will get the message only when it faces a loss of draft picks.

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45 Responses to “Teams face fines for certain on-field infractions by players”
  1. stinkfingers says: Aug 30, 2011 5:36 PM

    Enough is enough Goodell… Let these guys play

  2. sonopazzo6 says: Aug 30, 2011 5:37 PM

    ridiculous!

  3. suckleague says: Aug 30, 2011 5:37 PM

    Does this really affect anyone other than James Harrison?

  4. citizenstrange says: Aug 30, 2011 5:39 PM

    Ochocinco is going to be shelling out a lot of cash.

  5. bolt4life says: Aug 30, 2011 5:41 PM

    You mean horrible cheap shots like what the Browns LB did to Vick, or Weddle to the Cardinal WR, or the Bronco to the Bill WR?

    The refs/league are becoming a joke in this regard

  6. citiciti says: Aug 30, 2011 5:44 PM

    Running to fast.
    Jumping to high.
    Tackling to hard.
    Throwing to far.
    Kicking the ball.
    Trophy’s and Ice Cream for everybody!
    also Let the girls play.

  7. fin72 says: Aug 30, 2011 5:44 PM

    Roger Goodell is the worst thing to happen to NFL football EVER!!! His arrogance and stupidity are going to kill the game’s popularity. It wasn’t that many years ago that people thought baseball could NEVER stop being the most popular sport in America. Same with the NBA 15 years ago. If this A-hole keeps changing rules and watering down the product, people WILL find a different way to spend their entertainment dollar.

  8. iamgoodkid says: Aug 30, 2011 5:45 PM

    i think me myself fines are bad because players lose money AROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  9. CKL says: Aug 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    Now we know where some of the extra money for retired players is going to come from.

  10. fin72 says: Aug 30, 2011 5:47 PM

    The 11 specific infractions are: (1) striking/kicking/kneeing; (2) horse collar tackle; (3) facemask violations; (4) leg whip; (5) late hit; (6) spearing; (7) impermissible use of helmet; (8) hit on a defenseless player; (9) blindside block; (10) roughing the passer; and (11) chop block.
    __________________________

    Funny, these are all the things that myself and other fans would like to do to Roger Goodell.

  11. seanx40 says: Aug 30, 2011 5:51 PM

    Why are the owners allowing this? Seems like they would just tell Goddell to find a new job.

  12. skoobyfl says: Aug 30, 2011 5:52 PM

    I think this is smart, for flag football.

  13. waitingguilty says: Aug 30, 2011 5:55 PM

    May I propose a 12th infraction?

    (12) Overall team quality of play that resembles the Franchise from Cincinnatti, OH.

  14. holeinone09 says: Aug 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    This continues to get more ridiculous as the days go on. What about the bad calls and non-calls? Will the refs be fined too?

    NFL = Neverending Fines League.

    What happens with all the fine money?

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!

  15. Deb says: Aug 30, 2011 6:02 PM

    I’d say this was a creative way to make the point if you could trust Goodell to fine actual infractions. But you can’t–and that’s the problem. Neither Goodell nor the officials seem capable of objectively judging late hits, spearing, improper use of the helmet, roughing the passer, or hits on defenseless players.

    If Goodell cares about safety and the integrity of the game, his first priority should be seeing that games are properly officiated. Coaches shouldn’t have to gamble time outs or anything else to challenge a bad call. If it’s a bad call, it should be rectified. Implement the NCAA’s booth-review system. If it’s a bad hit, flag it. A fine doesn’t help a team that’s been screwed out of a win by a bad call. It’s a contact sport–sometimes players are knocked senseless. You don’t hand out a fine based on whether a player is hurt but on the technique of the hit.

    suckleague, you may think this is all about James Harrison, but you’ll find out otherwise when it starts impacting your team. Yeah, James has made some bad hits. But he’s been fined for some perfectly legal hits, too. And he’s not the only one.

  16. mogogo1 says: Aug 30, 2011 6:03 PM

    I’m all for trying to reduce injuries and I’m not even opposed to teams being fined for repeated offenses by bad apples. But…I have absolutely no confidence the NFL will do a good job of handling this. I foresee teams getting fined for incidental face mask penalties and other ticky-tack stuff, replays clearly showing no violation occurred but everybody still getting fined just because, and more of the same we’ve seen the past couple seasons. Is it just me or does it seem like at least 50% of the fines have been questionable? Given they can look at replay, that number should be 0%.

  17. tinopuno says: Aug 30, 2011 6:03 PM

    Most of these steps to ‘increase player safety’ are really aimed at shielding the NFL from future law suits.
    Goodell is an insincere phony who is really becoming annoying.

  18. sickpuppyz says: Aug 30, 2011 6:04 PM

    your spelling is of 1st grade quality at best. If you can’t even write basic words than you sure can’t make valid arguments. it takes minimal level of intelligence.

  19. teal379 says: Aug 30, 2011 6:06 PM

    Watch him fine Denver for not playing Tebow….

    (there’s your Tebow content for this article- PFT is slacking)

  20. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 30, 2011 6:07 PM

    How about taking away draft picks too/

  21. jacksaysfu says: Aug 30, 2011 6:08 PM

    This is gonna suck for the Steelers!

  22. 7pints says: Aug 30, 2011 6:08 PM

    My God! Are you sure Barack Obama is not running the league now? Governing every little aspect of the game is not the answer!

  23. r66x says: Aug 30, 2011 6:14 PM

    If they really want to stop this, remove players from the game for flagrant violations. Do it when it occurs. When coaches loose players in a game they are trying to win, that stops it.

  24. habsman says: Aug 30, 2011 6:15 PM

    This is gonna’ cost the cheap shot Steelers big time!

  25. oldhamletman says: Aug 30, 2011 6:17 PM

    the NFL wants to tone down the injuries and keep guys on the field, so I get it and the business reason behind it, however these fine amounts are crazy small….

    a team is gonna give a crap about paying out 50k in fines in exchange for having much nastier team play? its basically a parking ticket to them.

    I bet about 32 teams will happily pay that every season in exchange for letting out the dogs….

    stupid

  26. adlent says: Aug 30, 2011 6:24 PM

    Meh, I don’t really have an issue with the idea that if players hit a certain fine threshold for *obvious* violations the team needs to get fined because it needs to curtail players.

    The problem is, these calls are rarely obvious. And it also seems that a certain star level for a player will generate a flag on clean hits and therefore could generate fines as well (a la Jackson’s perfectly legal hit on Vick). Look at some of Harrison’s fines. The guy gets a certain reputation, warranted or otherwise, and then delivers a clean, hard hit on a QB and gets a flag and fined. So the deck will already be stacked against him when it comes to calls.

    Then you add into the fact that even fines are not standardized but a case-by-case basis, making it a rather unfair system. It isn’t like in basketball where you get “x” amount of technicals and then tossed for a game. Rodger Goodell can randomly drop a fine amount on a player that will rapidly accrue and then hit the teams.

    So all-in-all, in the absence of a fair, non-subjective system, this policy doesn’t make much sense.

  27. Uncle Leo says: Aug 30, 2011 6:30 PM

    When is Goodell’s contract up?

    I can’t write more, as I just had to give Deb a thumbs up for one of the first times ever, so now I have to go lie down!

  28. thirdngoal says: Aug 30, 2011 6:32 PM

    Isn’t it funny that the NFL/Goodell had time to sit down and figure out all this, but they STILL have ONE GUY handing out the punishments to his own system. (what every HE wants) Seems to me if the NFL wants this system, they should have have a group of people (more than 3) making these rulings and a SET fine for each infraction, otherwise it’s just the same old crap with the same questions. (how the hell did he come up with this fine? or why wasnt he fined the same as the last guy? Oh AND if it can be appealed, is RG judge and jury there too?

  29. trickbunny says: Aug 30, 2011 6:45 PM

    The 11 specific infractions are: (1) CH-CHING!; (2) CH-CHING!; ; (3) CH-CHING!; ; (4) CH-CHING!; ; (5) CH-CHING!; ; (6) CH-CHING!; ; (7) CH-CHING!; ; (8) CH-CHING!; ; (9) CH-CHING!; ; (10) CH-CHING!; ; and (11) CH-CHING!

  30. schemefactory says: Aug 30, 2011 6:47 PM

    suh does all of those in warmups.

  31. blspears says: Aug 30, 2011 6:59 PM

    Goodell suck meter just went up 50 more points

  32. bucsballer says: Aug 30, 2011 7:14 PM

    Great so thats nice my bucs r screwed it’s only the preseason and we have had like 6 fines for hits

  33. cincinnasti says: Aug 30, 2011 7:17 PM

    Just as players aren’t fazed by fines, teams may not care about losing some money in the name of playing the game aggressively.

    _____

    Yea right… Mike Brown… Is freaking out about this…

  34. arlingtonassasin says: Aug 30, 2011 7:22 PM

    Bush league

  35. arlingtonassasin says: Aug 30, 2011 7:27 PM

    7pints: “My God! Are you sure Barack Obama is not running the league now? Governing every little aspect of the game is not the answer!”

    Haha sorry, I just read this….if this guy had his way Goodell would make up weapons of mass destruction within the league and invade.

  36. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 30, 2011 7:32 PM

    It sounds an awful lot like the NFL is trying to STEEL money from these teams. STEELING I tell ya.

  37. texline1 says: Aug 30, 2011 7:49 PM

    It’s all about cash boys. EVERYTHING is about cash.

  38. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Aug 30, 2011 8:05 PM

    @ckl

    All money collected in fines goes to charity not the retired players

  39. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 30, 2011 8:16 PM

    arlingtonassasin says: Aug 30, 2011 7:27 PM
    7pints: “My God! Are you sure Barack Obama is not running the league now? Governing every little aspect of the game is not the answer!”

    Haha sorry, I just read this….if this guy had his way Goodell would make up weapons of mass destruction within the league and invade.

    ————————————–

    More likely he would have Jacksonville and Buffalo pay a portion of the Cowboys, Giants, and Jets salaries.

  40. flipadelphia says: Aug 30, 2011 9:01 PM

    I’m amazed that you didnt find a way to throw Suh’s name into this article.

  41. drtybirds27 says: Aug 30, 2011 9:15 PM

    Wow what would the greenes, lotts, singletarys, taylors, and all the other juggernauts say about this?? Gay

  42. justwaittilnextyear says: Aug 30, 2011 10:53 PM

    Great job NFL if someone hits the quarterback they shoud get a roughing the Brady/Manning and be ejected until the chosen ones can return. Call it the Suh rule!

  43. lionsfanatic84 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:26 PM

    pansies everwhere are leaving ballet for football

  44. flaccotoboldin says: Aug 31, 2011 2:02 PM

    This board is full of trolls and idiots.

    This is a good rule. Teams like the Pittburg Steelers that support dirty play and basically teach players to play the way Harrrison does will have to start to come out of pocket.

    Makes sense. Because when you listen to press conferences by coaches like Tomlin, its clear they support the dirty hits and might even be reimbursing certain fines under the table.

    And yeah, some refs are throwing bad flags. But they don’t always create fines, and the league has shown it has good judgement with regards to this.

    The issue is guys like harrison who continue to use their helmet as a weapon and go for the Goldberg Spear rather than actually wrap someone up and tackle.

  45. Deb says: Aug 31, 2011 4:35 PM

    @flaccotoboldin …

    This issue is bigger than the Ravens’ rivalry with the Steelers. Ray Lewis and the other Ravens knew that when they vocally backed Harrison last season. But you only have to read some of the comments on these boards to know guys like Ray have a heckuva lot more character than some of their fans. If you knew diddley about the game, you’d know how ridiculous your post sounds. Save it for the post-game trash talk. These are serious matters.

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