The Commissioner has sole authority to investigate and to take appropriate disciplinary or corrective measures
if any club action, nonparticipant interference, or emergency occurs in an NFL game which he deems so unfair or
outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of a game.
No Club Protests
The authority and measures provided for in this section (UNFAIR ACTS) do not constitute a protest machinery
for NFL clubs to dispute the result of a game. The Commissioner will conduct an investigation under this
section only to review an act or occurrence that he deems so unfair that the result of the game in question
may be inequitable to one of the participating teams. The Commissioner will not apply his authority under
this section when a club registers a complaint concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission
by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.
Penalties for Unfair Acts
The Commissionerís powers under this section (UNFAIR ACTS) include the imposition of monetary fines and draft
choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a gameís result or
the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred.
In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified above
("Procedures for Starting and Resuming Games" under EMERGENCIES). In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full
investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game videotape, and any other procedures he deems appropriate.