St. Paul Saints To Collect Hit Bounty For Concussion Research

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Despite the fines, suspensions and penalties facing the New Orleans Saints for the Brett Favre-targeting bounty system, the St. Paul Saints say they are willing to pay for big hits.

On Sept. 1, the one-year anniversary of Minnesota’s youth concussion law taking effect, the Saints may pay a considerable sum depending on the strength of their hits and the accuracy of their aim. But the teams says it’s all for a worthy cause.

The Saints say they will collect a bounty for each hit made in the game against the Wichita Wingnuts. A single will bring in $100, a double will rack up $200, a triple $300, and homerun $400.

And the pitchers will contribute, too. Every time a pitcher outs an opposing hitter, $50 will be added to the pool.

At the end of the game, all the money amassed by the system will be loaded into an armored truck and driven to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, where it will be used in the concussion research.

The Saints also plan to give away football helmet piggy banks to the first 1,500 fans at the game. The helmets have a St. Paul Saints logo on one side (spelled with an $) and Children’s Hospital logo on the other. The team is encouraging fans to fill up the helmets with cash and donate it to concussion research.

Single game tickets for all Saints games go on sale on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., the team said. The Sept. 1 game starts at 7:05 p.m., and the gates open at 6 p.m.

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