Originally written December 15, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
Fines are as much a part of modern football as the forward pass or taking a knee to end a game. They're handed out nearly every week, usually to a defensive player guilty of an illegal hit on a quarterback or a defenseless receiver. Despite the incredible number of fines, defenders continue to commit fouls, and the fine sums continue to add up, but why? The curious issue here is that this is a psychological issue, not a football issue, and Roger Goodell should start taking notes at this point. His system of fining doesn't work for a number of reasons: 1) For a punishment to be effective, and we're talking about operant conditioning for you sciency types, the punishment must be consistent. You can't fine one player for a hit and decline fining that same player for the same type of hit the following week. This may be the biggest hurdle for the fining system as it seems largely arbitrary and the guidelines for punishable offenses seems rather unclear. 2) Punishmen...
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