Changes made to appeal process
The league and the NFL Players Association announced changes Monday to the process by which players' appeals of disciplinary measures for on-field infractions are resolved.
The changes, according to a joint announcement by the league and union, are focused on "speeding up the appeals process and avoiding situations in which players have money taken out of their checks [because of fines] but have to wait months for their appeals to be heard."
The modifications resulted from discussions between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the union, at the scouting combine in February in Indianapolis, according to the announcement.
The league and union announced that former coach Ted Cottrell has been named to join Art Shell as hearing officers for appeals. The fees and expenses for Shell and Cottrell are to be paid jointly by the league and union, the two sides announced.
According to the announcement, a player fined for an on-field infraction in the first 13 weeks of the season will not have his fine money collected before his appeal hearing. Fines will be collected in full when they're assessed from the 14th week of the season on, according to the announcement.
August 9, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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