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Losing a star player for a portion of the season, is just about any sports team’s worst nightmare. Suspensions in the NFL are not a rarity, but they can take a huge toll on the entire team.

A suspension to a baseball player who plays 162 games a season, can tend to be less dramatic compared to an NFL player who plays 16. A football season is not long enough for a player to miss one out of the four months.

“In the NFL, players are paid for 17 consecutive weeks. If you are making $10 million, [the league] will take the $10 million and divide it by 17. Everybody has 16 games and then has one week off, so you get 17 game checks,” Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks said. “Suspensions are a big deal in football because of the lack of games.”

Outside pressure comes along with the penalty, as well as the money lost for the games that they got suspended for. Players can get suspended for actions such as substance abuse, taunting, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

“A player who gets suspended usually apologizes to the organization for embarrassing the organization and he also apologizes to his teammates because he has let them down. Mr. Banks said. “Anybody who is hurting the team’s chances by getting suspended, is basically saying, ‘I did a selfish thing, I made a mistake, and I’ve hurt my employer and my teammates.’”

As of now, the highest reported amount of money, per team, lost to a suspension goes to the Chicago Bears, with a total of $3,435,058. Close behind are the Buffalo Bills with, $3,315,660 as a whole for the 2016 season.

“Once you get suspended by the league, the second offense can be up to ten games, so you can virtually miss an entire season if you’re a second offender,” Mr. Banks said.

 

  • Suspensions depend on the player and how important they are to the team
  • In the NFL, players are paid for 17 consecutive weeks, if you’re making $10M, they will take $10M and divide it by 17, because everybody has 16 games and then has one week off, so you get 17 game checks
  • It can have a big toll on the team if they lose a star player for a portion of the season
  • Once you get suspended by the league, the second offense can be up to ten games, so you can virtually miss an entire season if you’re a second offender
  • Its weighted by the number of incidences that you have had in terms of violations
  • It’s pretty dramatic because they don’t play 162 games like baseball, they play 16 games, so every game is pretty crucial in the NFL because you do not play enough games to even off set missing a month out of the 4-month season
  • Its big deal in football because of the lack of games
  • How it usually plays out: A player gets suspended, he usually apologizes to the organization for embarrassing the organization, he apologizes to his teammates because he in essence has let them down
  • Anybody who is hurting the team’s chances by getting suspended, is basically saying I did a selfish thing, and I made a mistake, and I’ve hurt my employer and my teammates
  • There is a lot of peer pressure that comes with the penalty and a lot of big dollars that you’re forfeiting by making yourself susceptible to a suspension

 

 

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