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Fines for safety rule violations down significantly in 2013

Dashon Goldson AP

Whether the game of football is safer is still matter for debate.

But it’s at least cheaper for teams, in one respect.

According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, per-team averages for player fines dropped $35,000 per team last year, and the number of teams fined for repeat offenses dropped from nine in 2012 to four.

The league requires teams whose players compile more than $105,000 in safety rule violation fines had to pay the league back $50,000, and then an additional $25,000 match any subsequent fine amounts if the team exceeded $157,000.

The league tabulated the yearly totals after appeals for all cases from 2013 were heard, and the team average went from $95,000 in 2012 to $60,000.

The Buccaneers and Lions are expected to be among two of the teams paying the league back, since safety Dashon Goldson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh each topped six figures in fines and lost wages for suspensions.

The league has increased fines in an effort to reduce contact to the head and neck area of players.

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5 Responses to “Fines for safety rule violations down significantly in 2013”
  1. granadafan says: May 22, 2014 7:36 PM

    The lawyers have won

  2. orivar says: May 22, 2014 10:00 PM

    Outside of about two, the fines Suh has gotten over his career are completely stupid. He’s basically been fined for playing football. He’s a decade too late is all. If he came into the league in the 2000s nobody would even blink at Suh, he’d be a house hold name for being tough!

  3. tedmurph says: May 22, 2014 10:04 PM

    See, tackling can be done properly, despite the keyboard tough guys whining about Goodell ruining the game

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 23, 2014 2:59 AM

    In perhaps a related story, in 2013 the NFL hit an all time high in scoring and offensive yards. making tackling illegal will do that.

    So the question becomes is this really about safer football or about creating more exciting football in the form of more scoring?

  5. rutchaser says: May 23, 2014 7:30 AM

    Yes and the entertainment value is down significantly also due to all the safety rules.

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