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NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 6:03 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (4:45 PM EST): Per NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, "... the fact is NO player fine money is used by NFL Charities to fund Player Foundation grants ... Player fine money each year is used to support retired players via NFL Player Care Foundation and NFLPA Players Assistance Trust." Aiello also added that "Those funds come from NFL clubs."

Aiello's clarification, if accurate, debunks one of the issues regarding the publicized distribution of this financial data (and ruins a perfectly good IRS analogy, sigh). But at the risk of sounding like I'm asking the NFL to, ahem, "open the books," it's still pretty cut-and-dry on the NFL Charities website as to how they bring in revenue, but not as clear on the distribution.

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Earlier today, we told you that NFL Charities, the charitable arm of the NFL, donated $1 million to 87 different NFL players' charities.

We also noted that there was a slight reason to be skeptical, since two of the named players in the press release -- Drew Brees and Peyton Manning -- are also named plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the NFL.

Here's another reason to cast a wary eye towards this highly-publicized, albeit highly-charitable, donation: NFL Charities draws, according to their own website, $2 million in funding from on-field hits during the NFL season.
NFL Charities has traditionally donated funds to charitable causes from annual revenues generated by on-field disciplinary fines levied against players and coaches. This on-field fine money has netted more than $2 million per year for distribution to a variety of worthwhile charitable organizations over the last four years.
 The website also notes that "one-quarter of the total fine money received by NFL Charities each year is donated to support former players in need through the NFL Player Association's Player Assistance Trust (PAT)."

So, that's great, because those former players do need help, particularly in medical assistance through financial donations.

But, with all do respect to NFL Charities and at the risk of making an analogy that will remind you April 15th is on the horizon, that's a bit like the IRS taking the money I owe them in taxes each year, donating it to charity and then issuing a press release to let everyone know that they donated money to a charity like The V Foundation, which I already support with my own money.

For instance, James Harrison got tagged for a $20,000 fine when the Steelers played the Saints on Halloween ... for hitting Drew Brees. Brees' foundation, obviously, received some of that money.

This isn't me poo-poo'ing philanthropy, and I'm sure that the Brees Foundation appreciates the money going to a good cause.

But the fact that money -- and a lot of money, in fact -- that comes from the players' pockets is being used to help fund donations back to the players seems like something worth recognizing.

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Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:32 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

The owners and player are fighting over 9 Billion .  Us fans are trying to make ends meat. Now were talking charity and who gave the money? The fans need to get involved. Teams want their season ticket money now for next season? Hell no. Pay full price for preseason games. Why? Ticket prices, Food, team gear prices are crazy. Why? over priced contracts. Us fans pay the prices they ask for like a bug going to a light. When do we stand up and say enough is enough? I'm just an upset fan tired of millionairs fighting over more money with real hard working people losing their houses. God bless football fans.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:21 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

I think this was one of the best articles in a long time... and a lot like Planned Parenthood, Unions, and ACORN.. it deserves to be looked into more.  Where it exactly leads to, who knows?  But to have money going back to the players "charities" is a little eye opening.  I hope this leads to more investigative work by someone to see where this money goes & why it goes to these charities.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:01 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

Here again the NFL (the owners) want to say they are making a contribution to charities when in fact it is the players money who got fined call it what it really is the NFL players donating to charity. I am so sick and tired of the Owners and the commissioner playing stupid little games like this. As far as Harrison does he have a charity? I love pro football but enough is enough it is like the Dem and Rep cannot pass a budget and we are talking Trillions of debt that we the tax payers have to deal with. The Comm and the union cannot work this out they have to go to court.? I for one will not watch the NFL or buy FFL Magazines or be in a FFL this year if this is not settled before early August so we know we as fans have a full season, the greed on both sides is just unreal.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:29 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

NOW players are going to go out of their way to kill other players because in actuality, the money from the hits are going to a "good cause". Ripping other players torsos in half will now no longer be scrutinized because some african 8 year old boy benefits from it, and now will be able to get his daily vitamins and nutrients from the fine money the "dirty hit/play" will produce.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:23 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

But the fact that money -- and a lot of money, in fact -- that comes from the players' pockets is being used to help fund donations back to the players seems like something worth recognizing
It is only "worth recognizing" if the money was voluntarily paid to the NFL  by the players for forwarding to charities and then the NFL tried to take credit for a charitable donation.  The fact is, the NFL could have done anyting it wanted with the fine money, it decided, as it does every year, to give it to worthy causes instead of treating it just as additional revenue.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:17 pm
 

NFL Charities draws '$2M' from on-field fines

I think he was trying to say that the players charities themselves are getting the money from other players.  So it is kinda like the NFL is funding its own players' philanthropic endevours through the violence in the league.  And if those penalites work and the players start playing by the ever changing rules on hitting, then the players charities would also take a hit (how's that for a pun).  

I would agree that it was very poorly written.


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