Instead, this post is designed to ask what sort of punishment is the most damning to a franchise. These punishments are more exaggerated than what will happen, however, some sort these punishments will be enacted.
The first option comes in the form of a 7-digit fine. Hurting someone in the pocketbook is quite effective afterall, isn't it?
Option #2 is suspensions. If your head coach is suspended for a season and isn't allowed to coach, wouldn't that affect your team negatively?
#3. The loss of #1 draft picks. New England lost a #1. Many expect New Orleans would stand to lose more than a single #1 pick. A realistic option would be for the Saints to lost this year's #2, and next year's #1 pick.
The final option is a salary cap hit. If, say, the NFL deems that since they did this over the course of 3 years, they hit the Saints with a 3 year salary cap hit. Say each year, they are given a hit of 10-15 million per year.
So what is most damning. You comments are appreciated below.