NFL releases details on fines, discipline

The NFL issued a release Thursday detailing its policies on league fines and discipline.

The 2011 schedule of league fines is listed below. These numbers represent the minimum amount:

Offense Against Game Official
Physical Contact with Official: $25,000 (first offense) / $50,000 (second offense)
Verbal or other Non-Physical Offense Against Official: $20,000 / $40,000

Player Safety Rules and/or Flagrant Personal Foul (including, without limitation)
Note: Suspension or fine; severity to be determined by degree of violation
Striking/Kicking/Kneeing: $7,500 / $15,000
Horse Collar Tackle: $15,000 / $30,000
Face Mask: $7,500 / $15,000
Leg Whip: $15,000 / $30,000
Late Hit: $7,500 / $15,000
Spearing: $20,000 / $40,000
Impermissible Use of the Helmet (including illegal launching): $20,000 / $40,000
Hit on Defenseless Player: $20,000 / $40,000
Blindside Block: $20,000 / $40,000
Roughing the Passer: $15,000 / $30,000
Low Block: $7,500 / $15,000
Chop Block: $7,500 / $15,000

Fighting
Fighting: $25,000 / $50,000
Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area (active involvement): $5,000 / $10,000
Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area (no active involvement): $2,500 / $7,500

Sportsmanship
Excessive Profanity; other Unsportsmanlike Conduct (e.g., toward opponent(s), game personnel, fans, etc.): $10,000 / $20,000
Taunting: $7,500 / $10,000
Football Into Stands: $5,000 / $10,000

Uniform
Foreign Substances on Body/Uniform: $7,500 / $15,000
Chin Straps: $7,500 / $10,000
Personal Messages: $5,000 / $10,000
(Additional fines may be imposed on team management and coaching staffs for condoning, permitting, etc., violations in this area)
Other Uniform/Equipment Violation: $5,000 / $10,000

On Field Commercial Logo Violation
Considered violation of official League licensing agreements; suspension or fine; severity to be determined by degree of violation.

Gang Signing
Considered conduct detrimental to the League; suspension or fine; severity to be determined in accordance with provisions of the Personal Conduct Policy.

Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl players are subject to fines if they fail to attend team meetings, practices, or photo day without receiving approval for an unauthorized absence from the NFL’s Football Operations department.

The Pro Bowl fine schedule for unauthorized absences is as follows:

Late for team meeting: $500
Late for team practice: $500
Late for team photo: $500
Missed team meeting: $2,000
Missed team practice: $2,000
Missed team photo: $2,000

Note: All fine amounts are doubled for repeat offenses. All other fine amounts remain the same for on-field discipline.

– Marc Sessler

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