It’s a $7k fine for throwing the football into the stands, why? Do you feel this is justifiable? Even for the home team to the fans?
It's a safety issue, according to the NFL.
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Players are allowed to hand the ball to a fan in the stands, and you see that fairly often.
But handing a ball to a specific person kind of establishes a clear transfer of control to a specific person, with cameras and all that. It's not super likely that the fans nearby are going to jump on the guy to take the ball.
A ball heaved into the stands can - and will - be fought over.
That said, I do believe that the NFL still recovers all balls that end up in the stands either way.
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It's dumb. Let a fan have a souvenir.
I understand they only have a certain number of balls available for each game, but it seems like that could be increased pretty easily.
The league makes $10B in revenue a year, but can't afford an extra 10 game balls per game? Cmon
What's more, it's the team that purchases their own game balls, but the league that fines them. Not sure if the teams fine them as well.
I feel that if it weren't, it would quickly escalate to players throwing a ball into the stands not just after every touchdown, but then every third down conversion, then maybe every catch, and suddenly so many footballs are being thrown into the stands that it becomes and unnecessary expense and you might even get fans fighting over them or something.
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So I think the NFL just tells players not to do it at all. It's not something anyone needs to do, and there are probably more ways it can go wrong than right.
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