Found March 22, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

A day after the NFL handed down lengthy suspensions for Saints head coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, as well as large fines to the organization, Senate majority leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) has announced that he will conduct a Judiciary Committee hearing regarding bounties in the NFL, as well as other major sports. The main goal of the hearing would be to determine whether or not such bounty systems should be a crime in the eyes of the federal government. Durbin plans to invite representatives from the four major professional leagues, as well as the NCAA.

While it’s possible that bounty programs could have been classified as a crime at the local and/or state level, the outcome of Durbin’s hearing may significantly raise the stakes. It remains to be seen what type of punishments would be in place as a consequence.

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