Once football actually starts, people are going to do things on the field causing them to get fined. Fans -- and players -- will complain voraciously about said fines, alleging the NFL is unfair, hates [team x] and generally metes out punishment by spinning a wheel of fate.
Not true! The NFL actually has a schedule of fines every year it uses as a basis for fining players throughout the year.
In a very welcome act of transparency, former standout player and current NFL VP Troy Vincent tweeted out a) the fine schedule and b) the entire process that goes into fines.
See? There IS a method to the madness. Even if you disagree with the way the league fines your team.
For future reference, the full fine schedule:
|Violation||First Offense||Second Offense|
|Impermissible use of the helmet||$22,050||$44,100|
|Hit on defenseless player||$22,050||$44,100|
|Horse collar tackle||$16,637||$33,075|
|Roughing the passer||$16,637||$33,075|
|Excessive profanity; unsportsmanlike conduct||$11,025||$22,020|
|Unnecessarily entering fight area (active involvement)||$5,512||$11,025|
|Football into stands||$5,512||$11,025|
|Unnecessarily entering fight area (no active involvement)||$2,756||$8,26|