NFL Announces New Fines: Throwing Football Into Stands Will Cost You $5,787
And one can only imagine what throwing an underinflated football into the stands will cost you.
The NFL announced it's new fines table today, and throwing a ball into the stands will cost a player $5,787, and $11,576 for a second offense. Players were dinged $25.7 million in fines last season, so this is a relatively significant revenue stream for the league, which all goes to charity, by the way. A lot of it goes to the NFL Players Care Foundation, which supports the league's former players.
So, for instance, in 2013 when Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was fined $5,250 for wearing green shoes during a game to recognize Mental Health Awareness Week, that money goes to charity. (Now that would be $5,787).
As you can see in the chart below, fines double for a second offense in most cases. But not for taunting: $8,681, $11,576, or for a chin strap violation: $8,681, $11,576, or 'unnecessarily entering fight area (active involvement)': $5,787, $11,576, or for 'unnecessarily entering fight area (no active involvement)': $2,893, $8,681.
Which begs the question, what exactly is 'necessarily entering a fight area'?
Here's the entire list:
(Infraction, fine, second offense).
Fighting: $28,940, $57,881.
Physical Contact with Official: $28,940, $57,881.
Blindside Block: $23,152, $46,305
Hit on Defenseless Player: $23,152, $46,305
Spearing: $23,152, $46,305
Verbal or other Non-Physical Offense Against Official: $23,152, $46,305
Horse Collar Tackle: $17,363, $34,728
Leg Whip: $17,363, $34,728
Roughing the Passer: $17,363, $34,728
Excessive Profanity, other Unsportsmanlike Conduct: $11,576, $23,152
Chin Strap violations: $8,681, $11,576
Chop Block: $8,681, $17,363
Face Mask: $8,681, $17,363
Foreign Substances on Body/Uniform: $8,681, $17,363
Late Hit: $8,681, $17,363
Low Block: $8,681, $17,363
Striking/Kicking/Kneeing: $8,681, $17,363
Taunting: $8,681, $11,576
Football Into Stands: $5,787, $11,576
Other Uniform/Equipment Violations: $5,787, $11,576
Personal Messages: $5,787, $11,576
Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area (active involvement): $5,787, $11,576
Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area (no active involvement): $2,893, $8,681
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