Will Bill Belichick Really Pay a $500,000 Fine?

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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2 Responses

  1. The other wrinkle is that it’s Belichick’s contract itself that gives the NFL the power to fine him. The NFL couldn’t just go out and fine you or me, for example. I wonder whether there are penalty-clause limits on the NFL’s fining power. In any event, as you say, it all turns on what the contract says.

  2. Fraud Guy says:

    It definitely depends on the contract. From my experience with credit cards, for example, if a merchant accepting cards is responsible for a breach, it technically is their processor who is fined, not them. However, the processing agreement will clearly state that the merchant is responsible for all fines assessed to the processor due to the merchant’s violations of card association processing rules (even if the majority of such rules are not disclosed to the merchant directly).