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Reference DeskSchedule of fines for the 2018 season

Schedule of fines for the 2018 season

The list of the amounts for players’ fines has been established for the 2018 season. Typically, fines are subject to an automatic 5% increase from the previous season, which is a provision of the collective bargaining agreement between the players union and the league. In 2017, the league and the union agreed to suspend the 5% increase. Based on certain fines assessed in the preseason, it’s been determined that the 2018 fines have been elevated 10% from their 2016 levels. (This actually has saved a few dollars in the long run, since a 5% increase would have compounded the previous year’s 5% increase.)

Offenses against game officials

 Rule Violation First Offense Second Offense
12-3-1 (g) Physical contact with official $33,426 $66,853
12-3-1 (b) Verbal or other non-physical offense against official $26,740 $53,482

Player safety rules and/or flagrant personal fouls

Including the following, without limitation. For first or second offense, suspension or fine is possible; severity to be determined by degree of violation (fines listed are minimums).

 Rule Violation First Offense Second Offense
12-2-12 Striking/kicking/kneeing $10,027 $20,054
12-2-6 (j), 12-2-14 Face mask
12-2-6 (b-g) Late hit
8-4-5, 12-2-5  Low block
12-2-3 Chop block
12-2-15 Horse-collar tackle $20,054 $40,110
12-2-6 (a) Leg whip
12-2-9 (a-e) Roughing the passer*
12-2-6 (i) Spearing $26,740 $53,482
12-2-6 (i),
12-2-8,
12-2-16
Impermissible use of the helmet (including illegal launching)
12-2-7 Hit on defenseless player
12-2-7 (a) (10) Blindside block

*Under a 2018 point of emphasis, this can include landing on the quarterback with full weight even if he’s not in a passing posture.

Fighting

Rule  Violation First Offense Second Offense
12-2-12 Fighting $33,426 $66,853
Conduct policy Unnecessarily entering fight area (active involvement) $6,684 $13,369
Conduct policy Unnecessarily entering fight area (no active involvement) $3,341 $10,027

Sportsmanship

Rule  Violation First Offense Second Offense
12-3-1 Excessive profanity; other unsportsmanlike conduct $13,369 $26,740
12-3-1 (b) Taunting $10,027 $13,369
Conduct policy Football into stands $6,684 $13,369

Conduct directed toward opponents, game personnel, fans, etc.
Fines assessed when a player deliberately throws or kicks a ball into the stands. If the player hands the ball to a specific fan or a designated person, this is not a fine, as it does not create a fan-safety issue.

Uniform

Additional fines may be imposed on team management and coaching staffs for condoning or permitting violations in this area.

Rule  Violation First Offense Second Offense
5-4-4 (1, 8) Foreign substances on body/uniform $10,027 $20,054
5-4-3 (1)  Chin strap violations $10,027 $13,369
5-4-8  Personal messages§ $6,684 $13,369
5-4-9 Other uniform/equipment violations

§Except those that are advertising, which is an on-field commercial logo violation.

On-field commercial logo violation

[5-4-7] Considered violation of official league licensing agreements. For first or second offense, suspension or fine is possible; severity to be determined by degree of violation.

Gang signing

[12-3-1 (b, d)] Considered conduct detrimental to the league licensing agreements. For first or second offense, suspension or fine is possible; severity to be determined by degree of violation.

Ben Austro
Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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