If you don't follow professional football, it's hard to explain how big this news is:
[New Orleans] Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for the first eight regular-season games, the team was fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and '13) as a result of a bounty program conducted by the team during the 2009-11 seasons that targeted opposing players.
The team allegedly paid players a cash bonus to injure opposing players on the field, a scandal that has resulted in the most severe organizational sanctions in NFL history. Payton will forfeit his $7.5 million annual salary, and the Saints will lose their head coach, their general manager, and two second round draft picks. These are potentially crippling sanctions against one of the top teams in the league, but hardly overly harsh considering the potentially crippling actions they're intended to punish.