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NFL Fine Total and Rule Changes By Year

Year- Fine Total
Rule changes that kick in following season--

2002- $297,647.00
The Chop Block technique is illegal on all kicking plays. It is illegal to hit a quarterback helmet-to-helmet any time after a change of possession.

2003- $274,600.00

2004- $1,743,785.00

2005- $773,881.00
It is illegal to grab the inside collar of the shoulder pads to tackle a runner ("horse-collar tackle"). Unnecessarily running, diving into, or throwing the body against a player who should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent is unnecessary roughness. Previously, the rule only protected a player who is out of the play. A kicker/punter must not be unnecessarily contacted by the receiving team through the end of the play or until he assumes a distinctly defensive position. An opponent may not unnecessarily initiate helmet-to-helmet contact to the kicker/punter during the kick or during the return. An offensive player who is aligned in the tackle box at the snap and moves to a position outside the box is prohibited from initiating contact on the side or below the waist of an opponent if the blocker is moving toward his own end line and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side ("Peel Back Block"). The near shoulder of the blocker must be in front of his opponent's body.

2006- $928,028.00(Goodell's first year)
Low hits on the quarterback are prohibited when a rushing defender has an opportunity to avoid such contact. Blocks in the back above the waist by the kicking team while the ball is in flight during a scrimmage kick are illegal. The definition of a "horse collar tackle" is expanded to include grabbing the inside collar of the jersey. During a field-goal attempt or a try, a defensive player who is within one yard of the line of scrimmage at the snap must have his helmet outside the snapper's shoulder pad. Personal or unsportsmanlike conduct fouls that occur during halftime or during intermission between fourth period and an overtime period will be penalized on the ensuing kickoff. During a free kick, at least four kicking team players must be on each side of the kicker when the ball is kicked.

2007- $759,116.00
A block below the waist against an eligible receiver while the quarterback is in the pocket is a 15-yard penalty instead of a 5-yard penalty (an illegal cut block).

2008- $977,500.00

2009- $755,000.00
Teams are not permitted to intentionally form a wedge of more than two players on a kickoff return in an attempt to block for the runner. Penalty: 15 yards. The "bunch" formation on kickoffs is eliminated. The kickoff team must have at least three players outside each hash mark, one of whom must be outside the yard-line number. It is an illegal "blindside" block if the blocker is moving toward his own endline and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side, and the initial force of the contact by the blocker's helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of an opponent. Penalty: 15-yards. It is an illegal hit on a defenseless receiver if the initial force of the contact by the defender's helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of the receiver. Penalty: 15 yards. Clarified rule regarding low hits on passers: A defender cannot initiate a roll or lunge and forcibly hit the passer in the knee area or below, even if he is being contacted by another player. It is not a foul if the defender swipes, wraps, or grabs a passer in the knee area or below in an attempt to tackle him.

2010- $3,152,529.00
During a field-goal attempt, punt, or try-kick, a defensive team player, who is within one yard of line of scrimmage at snap, must have his entire body outside the snapper's shoulder pads. After a half has expired, dead ball personal fouls by either team will be enforced on the succeeding kickoff. A player who has just completed a catch is protected from blows to the head or neck by an opponent who launches. All "defenseless players" are protected from blows to the head delivered by an opponent's helmet, forearm, or shoulder. Kickers and punters during the kick and return, and quarterbacks after a change of possession, are protected from blows to the head delivered by an opponent's helmet, forearm, or shoulder, instead of just helmet-to-helmet contact. The ball is declared dead at the spot if a runner's helmet comes completely off.

2011- $7,356,732.00
The restraining line for the kicking team is moved from the 30- to the 35-yard line in an effort to increase touchbacks. All kicking team players other than the kicker must be lined up no more than five yards behind their restraining line, eliminating the 15-20 yard running "head start" that had become customary for many players. The list of "defenseless players" is expanded to include a kicker/punter during the kick or during the return, a quarterback at any time after a change of possession, and a player who receives a "blindside" block when the blocker is moving toward his own endline and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side. Previously, these players were protected against blows to the head, but not against blows delivered by an opponent with the top/crown or forehead/"hairline" parts of the helmet against other parts of the body. A receiver who has completed a catch is a "defenseless player" until he has had time to protect himself or has clearly become a runner. A receiver/runner is no longer defenseless if he is able to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent. Previously, the receiver who had completed a catch was protected against an opponent who launched and delivered a blow to the receiver's head.

2012- $13,566,433.00
The list of "defenseless players" is expanded to include defensive players on crackback blocks, making it illegal to hit them in the head or neck area. Players are required to wear protective knee and thigh pads beginning with the 2013 season.

2013- $10,075,978.00(through week 13)

Total- $40,661,229.00

SF total $514,992 Washington total- $4,224,968 (highest amount of all teams)
[ Edited by Ronnie49Lott on Dec 7, 2013 at 12:10 AM ]
This is a really good post. Interesting data.
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Cool post, but you need to go back 40 years, the 21st century rule changes pale in comparison to the ones in the 70's and 80's. Then some of you youngsters can read about the old days and understand why averaging 3,000 yards a year passing was a great accomplishment 40 years ago.
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
This is a really good post. Interesting data.

Thanks LifelongNiner. I didn't realize the figures had grown as large as they have. Although the league claims the money goes to donations, I think at least some of it is going to the concussion settlement fund. At the present rate that the fines are going the 765M will be paid off within a couple of generations of players and the owners won't have to spend a cent.
good stuff
14 Mio. on fines just last year??? how???
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: $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

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

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.
lol, of course the fines went up by a lot this year and last year. how else do you think they are gonna pay that players settlement? you guys didn't actually believe that the NFL would cough up its money, lol, did you?
Why Critics of Roger Goodell's Increased Player Fines Don't Understand the NFL as a Business--

Goodellian economics
Take last year, for example. The NFL levied 160 fines on its players, with the highest being a $55,000 penalty on then Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for a shoulder-to-head hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz.

Compare these numbers with those reported in the five-year span between 2001 and 2005. During this period, the league issued a total of 124 fines, averaging about $700,000 annually.

Why is this time frame important? Because Roger Goodell became the NFL's new commissioner at the beginning of the 2006 season. Since Goodellian economics (that's what I'm calling it) became the law of the NFL, the number of fines given each year has increased by more than 600%, and the average value of each fine has risen by about 20%. The largest ever fine for an on-field incident was given earlier this season, when Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh was forced to pay $100,000 for an illegal block.

Where does the money go?
The question you're probably asking is: Where does the money go? If repeat offender Mike Mitchell, a safety with the Carolina Panthers, is to be believed, NFL fine money goes "right in Roger [Goodell]'s pocket."
While there's no comprehensive list of the charities that accept fine money aside from the P.C.F. and the P.A.T. (which takes in at least 25% of all fines each year), it has been reported that the Partnership for Clean Competition, the Brian Piccolo Memorial Fund, and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center are regular recipients.

The money is flowing in
The assertion that the NFL is reliant on high-impact collisions is a noble one, but ultimately unsupported by the numbers. Since 2006 when Goodell took office, league revenue has increased from $6 billion to $9.5 billion. Although exact data isn't reported, the SportsBusiness Journal estimates that TV rights deals and online licensing are two areas most responsible for this expansion.

With player safety efforts and aggregate revenues on the rise, Goodell has stated that he wants to hit the $25 billion mark by 2027.

The future is white-hot
Going forward, the proliferation of fantasy football is a crucial factor that can aid the NFL's growth outlook, and mobile streaming is an area that shouldn't be overlooked. Roger Goodell's $25 billion revenue target may seem outlandish today, but the league must only up its expansion by a few ticks to reach that number. It's clear that the increased frequency of big-money fines hasn't bothered fans one bit.
Put simply, defense may win championships, but offense generates fan interest. With revenue booming and the NFL already claiming the title of America's highest-grossing sports league, the future is very bright.
[ Edited by Ronnie49Lott on Dec 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM ]
i hate goodell so much

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