New offseason rules carry stiff fines for violations
From time to time, teams have been punished for violating the terms of the offseason workout rules. Typically, the offending team loses a week of workouts.
Under the proposed labor deal adopted by the league (but not yet by the players, if you haven’t heard), it’ll cost more than a week of practice time.
The summary obtained by Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and 101sports.com shows that coaches would be fined $100,000 for a first offense, and $250,000 for a second offense. Teams will be fined $250,000 for a first offense, and $500,000 for a second offense.
That’s a total fine of $350,000 for a first offense, and $750,000 for a second offense.
And that’s a significant deterrence for any coach or team that decides to skirt these new rules, if/when they are adopted.