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Urlacher fined 100K for wearing wrong hat on media day..

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  1. DarrylS

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    Betcha vitamin water, will pay Urlacher handsomely for this one.. seems a bit silly, but talk about getting free press, Chicago Tribune will probably run this on the front page tommorrow.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18180024/

    NEW YORK - Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 by the NFL for wearing a cap during Super Bowl media day that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league.

    NFL rules prohibit gear that advertises any product but a designated sponsor, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday.

    Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat during the media session in Miami leading to the title game. Gatorade is the NFL’s official drink.

    McCarthy said this is the first time such a fine has been levied. He added that $100,000 is the standard fine for such a violation at the Super Bowl. A violation during the regular season is $10,000. It is $50,000 at the Pro Bowl.
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    No Fun League indeed. 100K? Ridiculous even for a multi-millionare.
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    I'm glad to see that the NFL is finally cracking down on the criminal element in the game.
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    Did they go to the Instant Replay for review?
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    I think there is nothing wrong with that fine. It should have been more.

    Major corporations like Reebok & Motorola shell out huge $$$ so that their product gets that kind of visibility. Plus, it helps the NFL to control what types of brands are associated with the league.

    Think about it: What would happen to the league if any player were allowed to cut their own side deals with companies and promoted anything they wanted. It would be tacky & whorish, like Ultimate Fighting & NASCAR.

    Do you really want Brady doing a press conference decked out with more logos than Ricky Bobby?

    Besides, I'm sure Urlacher got a nice chunk of change from Vitamin Water that more than offset the fine.
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    They probably paid him at least $100,000 to wear it
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    You mean like Jerry Jones did with Pepsi and several other sponsors at Texas Stadium? If it's ok for the owners, should be ok for the players.
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    Brady hyping Viagra ???
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    I feel safer.
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    That's the biggest fine I remember seeing, kind of sad that he gets fined 10x the amount that guys who make dive at other players knees get.
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    Yes, it is ok for owners. Owners are the ones shelling out all the money. A lot of them foot the bill to build $500 million stadiums. For many owners, owning a sports franchise is a side business in which they often lose money.

    So I have no qualms with them recouping some of their investment via stadium advertising, which is a lot less intrusive then when you are looking at someone and they are covered in logos.

    And in case you forgot players are also earning a salary for playing in the league, and if they are popular enough they can earn their own endoresment money outside of the league.
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    Exactly, it was a calculated move on his part. He knew even with the fine he'd come out with a profit, and why not have some fun at the NFL's expense?
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    Word up was he got a twofer.
    There was Stoli Vodka in the bottle too.
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    I'm sure that WHATEVER the fine was, the company would have paid it.

    It's really a fine to them.

    If this kind of thing happens often enough, the league will indeed go after the players more directly.

    It's a monetary/business offense; a monetary/business punishment is appropriate.
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    I know I'll sleep a little sounder knowing the league is cracking down on these heinous crimes.
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    Not only that, but there's probably an indemnification clause in the agreement where the company agreed to pay any fines incurred because of wearing the company's product.
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    Gotta disagree -- this wasn't about "fun," it was all business. Urlacher didn't just happen to stroll in accidentally wearing the wrong hat. It was a coordinated paid placement, and a calculated choice to flout the rules for his own financial gain.

    I don't think the league had much choice on this one. A modest token fine would be an invitation to all players to use official league appearances as advertising opportunities. They had to come up with a dollar figure that said "you won't make money doing this."
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    To be honest I think the fine itself is a bit harsh. It was media day, and he was just answering questions. It's not like he was wearing illegal gear during the actual game. Yes, I know the company will likely pay the fine. I just don't see his getting fined 100K for wearing a hat during Media day, when others get fined 5K-10K for doing much worse. It just goes to show the NFL only cares about covering their own backside.

    Reggie Bush had illegal cleats on, then all of a sudden that maker found their way on to the NFL's sponsor list.....
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    Even in the anti-trust protected NFL, allowing Gatorade hats and fining someone for wearing something else in a mandatory media event not directly involved with the reason they're being paid, (playing football), could not possibly hold up in court.
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    Who says that company didn't pay him 500,000 for wearing it beforehand?
    That means a $400,000 profit if they did-Who knows what he was paid to wear it?.

    It might be a new trend in the future and unless they up the fine or stricter rules can they really stop it?
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