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“Legion of Boom” fines don’t run afoul of league rules

Browner AP

A bright-line rule emerged from last year’s bounty fiasco:  thou shalt not have pay-for-performance programs.

The rule, which applies to teams and to players, reversed a trend that had been firmly established in most locker rooms.  Typically, the pool is funded via a system of fines imposed by the team or the players who maintain the reward pool.

It’s not surprising, then, that plenty of football fans (specifically Saints fans) have noticed this line from the Seattle Times story regarding the Seahawks’ win over the Cardinals, in reference to cornerback Brandon Browner’s slip-and-fall on the way to the end zone with an interception:  “The trip will wind up costing him $100 — the fine from his fellow ‘Legion of Boom’ members for failing to finish the pick-six.”

But having a system of fines doesn’t violate the rules, as long as the players are doing it without involvement of the team and the money collected isn’t dispensed to players as a reward for specific instances of good performance.

From the league office, here’s the relevant language from the league’s internal policy manual:  “Players may establish so-called ‘kangaroo courts,’ under which players assess modest ‘fines’ on their teammates for various conduct, provided that they comply with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and provided that any monies collected are not distributed to players. Such monies may be donated to charities (other than those sponsored or established by individual players) or other institutions, or used for a postseason party.”

Still, the mere existence of a fine system should at a minimum result in confirmation by the league office that the team isn’t involved, and that money isn’t being given back to players.  It’s unclear whether the league plans to ask those questions.

Saints fans would say — loudly — that the league office should.

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18 Responses to ““Legion of Boom” fines don’t run afoul of league rules”
  1. eljefe322 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:34 PM

    Really? Kangaroo courts have been part of sports forever.

  2. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 20, 2013 2:35 PM

    There they go cheating again.

    (sarcasm)

  3. swaggyy says: Oct 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    Seattle is 6-1 and atop the NFC. Have a good day everyone

  4. chawk12thman says: Oct 20, 2013 2:38 PM

    Taking someone out and Pick 6 are very different……..

  5. jayovalentine says: Oct 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    Cheatin’ Pete implemented it.

  6. msclemons67 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    A Pete Carroll coached team would never cheat.

  7. FlyFromTheInside says: Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    Sea-Adderral Seahags getting away with another rule violation

  8. jakec4 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:43 PM

    The Saints were running a pay for injury program, and had the DC recorded talking about killing the head and what not. This thing with Seattle is not even close to being comparable. The problem with the Saints getting caught was that a defensive coordinator who should know better, and isn’t even a player, wanted to see injuries and reward the players inflicting the injury.

  9. aresarrow says: Oct 20, 2013 2:48 PM

    Florio’s reason to tweak the Hawks is still a mystery to me. Not against the rules? Then move on. Personally I love it. More teams should do it.

  10. jeffbye says: Oct 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    It’s only $100 – I’m sure it’s nothing more than a small pool that either goes towards a charity or communal locker room junk.

  11. v16009 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    People get real and get your heads out of the fantasy world. Media is a joke a pupeteer that you all have let rule your minds. Wake up! GO HAWKS!

  12. alongmylines says: Oct 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    I don’t get how this is or could be called cheating.
    Everybody is allowed to do it – the rules are the same for everyone.
    If it helps achieve the level that the Seattle secondary is playing this season go ahead and do it, my team would be welcome to do the same.
    It does not hurt anyone in any way.

  13. blackfootkiller says: Oct 20, 2013 3:29 PM

    The same old tired whining and crying from the fans of loser teams every time the Hawks are mentioned…
    You little fella’s gonna’ be alright?
    Want a tissue?

    6-1 GO HAWKS!

  14. samapoc says: Oct 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    OMG ITS A BOUNTY!!!

  15. whatwhat2013 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:58 PM

    Sensationalism.

  16. andrewauger says: Oct 20, 2013 4:08 PM

    t’s not surprising, then, that plenty of football fans (specifically Saints fans) have noticed this line from the Seattle Times.

    Plenty of football fans noticing Seattle, this has been a first…

    Sincerely,

    A Seahawks fan

  17. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Wow,,,, reach much??? I guess when a running back has a career game and takes his offensive lineman for dinner the NFL should strip them of their 1st round pick.

  18. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    #1 in the NFC

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