The NFL has fixed some new rules around the league which should increase the fines in 2018. Last season according to Spotrac, the NFL fined players and owners $25,233,626, over the entire season. There were 283 total infractions last season. That is a ton of money, but with the new rules on hitting and leading with your helmet, this number could double.
The Houston Texans had the lead last season with $5,268,922 in fines. That was double any team in the NFL. Almost 5 million of those dollars were Brian Cushing’s suspension. It still is quite a bit of money, and I want to know what you all think?
The 2018 season is already off to a bad start. On only, 28 infractions the NFL has collected $10,264,310 in fines and suspensions. The NFL is becoming more strict when it comes to players and their safety, but the NFL is also collecting more bank.
Fines in the NFL range from $2,893 to $57,881 depending on the severity of a violation and are handed down to dozens of players every week. All that money accrued through fines is used to fund a pair of programs agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association that help former players.
According to the NFL, about $4 million per year has gone to help former players and fines currently go to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association’s Player Assistance Trust. While players often request their fines go to a specific charity or cause, the NFL doesn’t cater to those requests and doesn’t divert funds away from the two agreed upon organizations to help former players.
The NFL Player Care Foundation is an independent organization that helps “retired players improve their quality of life, provides programs and assistance with medical, emotional, financial, social and community issues.” While the Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust “assists former players who are facing financial hardship due to unforeseen crisis, unaffordable medical situations and helps those who wish to go back to school to finish their undergraduate degrees.”
I want to know what you think? I want you to guess the amount it will be in 2018 at the end of the season. Will the number double? Or will it triple? What do you think the final number will be?