Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fines, fines everywhere there's fines!

Count me among those who think the fines in the NFL are out of control. Count me also among those who think that these unruly fines are part of a conspiracy.

Stay with me here…

It’s no secret that the Retired Players Association wasn’t exactly thrilled with their slice of the pie in the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. Law suits have been tossed around and meetings were scheduled between God Goodell and the RPA to try and settle the differences.

But perhaps to ease the pain, $25,000 fines are being levied as quickly as those cameras around the Baltimore Metro area can take a picture of your license plate for keeping up with traffic and mailing you an invitation to pay $40. It’s ridiculous. Matt Birk was fined $5,000 by the league for taking a mic out of his shoulder pads (one that the league requires to enhance viewer enjoyment for the game’s sights and sounds) because it was sticking him in the neck.

So what does this have to do with the RPA? Well those retired players are the beneficiaries of those fines. Maybe this is Goodell’s way of still getting what the owners wanted at the bargaining table for the retirees without it costing the owners.


Jerry B said...

Couldn't agree more, TL! The league and "God"ell have not just overreacted, but are completely out of control in attempting to "police" the ultimate contact sport! Pass defense seems to have been reduced to "flag football" rules and it's probably going to get worse before it gets better. By the same token, they seem content to allow the after play histrionics and end zone dances that can only be characterized as, "taunting", in the name of "entertainment"! And, as stated earlier, no rules against ceremonial "head butts" while they obssess over head injuries and concussions! Go figure.......

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