The National Football League released its updated fines list for the 2014-15 season, which has been approved by the NFL Players Association.
|Violation||First Offense||Second Offense|
|Impermissible use of the helmet||$22,050||$44,100|
|Hit on defenseless player||$22,050||$44,100|
|Horse collar tackle||$16,637||$33,075|
|Roughing the passer||$16,637||$33,075|
|Excessive profanity; unsportsmanlike conduct||$11,025||$22,020|
|Unnecessarily entering fight area (active involvement)||$5,512||$11,025|
|Football into stands||$5,512||$11,025|
|Unnecessarily entering fight area (no active involvement)||$2,756||$8,268|
Troy Vincent, the executive vice president of NFL Football Operations announced the new fines, as well as the NFL’s step-by-step review process for on-field rules violations.
The above fine schedule, which is distributed to the players before the season, charges nearly twice the amount for the second offense of the same incident. The highest fine is for fighting, which will cost a player $27,562 for his first offense, and $55,125 for his second.
Vincent said every play, whether it has been penalized or not, is reviewed by the NFL officiating department. Violations are referred to the NFL operations department. Then, Vincent and Merton Hanks make the decision on whether a player is disciplined, which usually is just a fine.
After the decision, the players are notified by the NFL in writing, along with information on the violation and how to appeal the punishment. A player has three days from the time they receive the discipline to appeal the decision. If appealed, a hearing is held within 10 days of the notice of appeal, and are heard by NFL appeals officers Derrick Brooks and Ted Cottrell.
A player is not fined until the appeal is decided. The fine money is donated through the NFL Foundation to assist former players. Vincent reports that approximately $4 million a year has been donated over the past five years.
- Sarah Barshop