Archives for September 13, 2007

Sports Fines

(Entirely non-medical, as is now my unintentional theme.)

Sports radio will be all over the Patriots fine and loss of draft pick(s), their penalty imposed for (getting caught) cheating. Their fine is $500,000 for the coach and a team $250,000. And, it’s entirely appropriate it gets talked about.

What you probably won’t be hearing much about is the whoppingly monstrous fine levied the same day against the McLaren Formula 1 racing team. Think $750K and a draft pick is big for cheating? How about a $100 Million Dollar fine (and loss of constructors points) for the leading team, decided to be cheating by the World Motor Sport Council.

What’s scary is that both teams have the money to pay their fines, apparently. Orders of magnitude difference in the money; cheaters occasionally win, but they at least get fined.

For a FAQ about the F1 contretemps, see the BBC.