September 14, 2007

The Fine for Cheating

Do you think the Patriots were punished enough for spying on other teams and intercepting their communications? The NFL fined the team $250,000 and the coach $500,000. $750,000. Sounds pretty tough, doesn't it. But if you really want to stop this kind of thing, why not go the way of Formula-1 racing... they fined the McLaren team 100 million dollars -- $100,000,000 -- and stripped their points -- for spying on other teams.

Europe can be tough.


Sue King said...

Seems like a slap on the wrist when you think of the tens of millions of dollars the industry brings in each year. I'm sure they could find $700,000 in their sofa cushions.

Dan M. said...

In 2004, the NFL signed an extension to their current $17.2 Billion dollar television contract to extend it out to 2011... the seven year extension was worth 8 Billion dollars.

So just showing NFL games on TV brings the league over $1,000,000,000 a year... not counting merchandise, tickets and all of the other promotions.

So yeah, really, a slap on the wrist... if even that.