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Why pro cheerleading may be one of America’s worst jobs
CBS News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Aimee Picchi

Posted on 01/26/2014 2:41:06 AM PST by Zakeet

Parents, don’t let your girls grow up to be cheerleaders.

That’s just one lesson to be gleaned from a lawsuit filed by a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, a National Football League team, which alleges sub-minimum wage pay and other labor abuses.

While professional cheerleading may seem glamorous, the cheerleaders allegedly earn barely enough to afford their own pom-poms. And, by the way, if they forget their pom-poms, the cheerleaders are reportedly socked with a fine.

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The Chargers stress that the role is a part-time job and that cheerleaders “should at least hold a part-time job or attend college part-time.”

With such dismal conditions, why would anyone want to become a cheerleader?

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KEYWORDS: cheerleader; inequality; jobs; lawsuit; nfl; waronfootball
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With such dismal conditions, why would anyone want to become a Raiderette?

1 posted on 01/26/2014 2:41:07 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

When did cheerleading become a job??? Perhaps the money spent on boob jobs and nose jobs should have been invested in an education.


2 posted on 01/26/2014 2:44:46 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Zakeet

Well, at least it’s a better outcome for all those childhood ballet lessons than ending up in a nudie bar.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 2:50:27 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Zakeet

"I got kicked out of the Jets cheerleaders locker room twice....once for the wrong color pom poms.....and another because of indecent behavior"

4 posted on 01/26/2014 3:16:49 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

Baby Mamas of pro players?


5 posted on 01/26/2014 3:19:26 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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While the cheerleaders are kicking their way to poverty-level wages, the men playing on the field are earning millions.

Another missile launched in the war against the NFL, income inequality, and sexism. Liberals are cranking up the rhetoric for midterm election campaign speeches.

6 posted on 01/26/2014 3:28:08 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: txrefugee

Have you seen how useless most college degrees are today? I think the nose jobs and the boob jobs are more sound as investments….


7 posted on 01/26/2014 3:32:26 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Zakeet
Sounds like supply greatly exceeds demand. That's how the cookie crumbles. Be a cheerleader or get a real job.

They should all resign and let the Raiders hire the ObamaPhone lady in their place.

8 posted on 01/26/2014 3:36:57 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Huh. I thought maybe most of them just did this on the side, in addition to another “real” job.

Didn’t know it was considered an actual “career.”


9 posted on 01/26/2014 3:44:45 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: Zakeet; big'ol_freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Larry Lucido; Diplomat; RockinRight; ...
Is being an NFL Cheerleader... worth it?

Since Tony dumped Jessica... no way!

Is it worth it having NFL Cheerleaders around? Oh... YES, YES, YES!!!

10 posted on 01/26/2014 3:46:54 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: txrefugee

> When did cheerleading become a job??? Perhaps the money spent on boob jobs and nose jobs should have been invested in an education.

But then they wouldn’t have a chance to become F-A-M-O-U-S....which is the primary goal in the back of their minds when they go pro. I have a friend whose wife is the coordinator for a very well known NFL team. All those girls have stars in their eyes...


11 posted on 01/26/2014 3:55:48 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Zakeet

Considering the erotic dress, at a family event no less, they would fined years ago. At least they are evidence for special creation, but which degree of naked beauty should only be for their husbands to see.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 4:01:38 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Zakeet

Paula Abdul, Teri Hatcher, Charisma Carpenter, Lisa Guerrero, Kiana Tom. Lots of millionaire wives.

Seems like enough reason to them.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 4:05:19 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Dr. Ursus

I knew a Pats cheerleader. They were not allowed to fraternize with the players at all for that very reason. Also, the law suit that would follow.

Fyi, I am extremely disappointed in the amount of pictures on this thread. It is the only reason I clicked on it.


14 posted on 01/26/2014 4:07:53 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: Zakeet

More stories like this on the back office operations of NFL teams would make for an ugly picture. From charity work in the concessions, to shoveling snow, to the interns paying to work, etc. At Walmart its the ugly face of capitalism, at the NFL its rah, rah, siss, boom bah. Of course, they have the right to run their business as they see fit, I just can’t believe that they do things, this way. Their business model depends on everyone loving them so much that others pay them to watch, cover, comment and build them free infrastructure for/on the product instead of the inverse as is the case at almost any other business.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 4:21:56 AM PST by major-pelham
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To: LibsRJerks

“Huh. I thought maybe most of them just did this on the side, in addition to another “real” job. Didn’t know it was considered an actual “career.”

Yeah, I think most do have real jobs that allow flexibility for time off for their cheerleading responsibilities. My perception, and it’s only a perception, is that the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders may have the best gig of the bunch. Seems they’re on tv a lot. Also, they do a annual calendar shoot, lots of charity events, etc, that generates revenue for them. And, they thereby get a bunch of exposure that can be used to transition to other entertainment endeavors. Anyway, I like cheerleaders, long live cheerleaders :)


16 posted on 01/26/2014 4:25:11 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: jjotto

Kiana Tom- Oh Boy!


17 posted on 01/26/2014 4:31:55 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: txrefugee

Sue the damn high schools the had “drill teams” and the damn colleges that gave “dance” degrees! A job????? Get friggin’ serious! They are eye candy and they know it. But the picket lines during their strike could be fetching.


18 posted on 01/26/2014 5:07:48 AM PST by Repulican Donkey
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To: Zakeet

So these pro teams twisted these girls arms and forced them become cheerleaders? Maybe it’s a lousy job, but virtually everybody has a lousy job or two in their lives. That’s a good incentive to work harder and get something better.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 5:21:26 AM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

-——Maybe it’s a lousy job——

but you get to be on TV!


20 posted on 01/26/2014 5:27:11 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: jsanders2001
But then they wouldn't have a chance to become F-A-M-O-U-S

Nailed it.

21 posted on 01/26/2014 5:29:40 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Zakeet

Professional Football Cheerleading is not a carreer. It’s an extra ciricular activity as they phold other jobs. I worked with a Redskinette back when,


22 posted on 01/26/2014 5:35:38 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother ("When leftists donÂ’t get their way, they start shooting people and bombing buildings." - rr)
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To: woodbutcher1963
It must be horrible to be a Jaguars cheerleader.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 5:37:27 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: woodbutcher1963
Here you go:


24 posted on 01/26/2014 5:43:04 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jsanders2001

BINGO.

You said it a lot better than I was going to say it.


25 posted on 01/26/2014 5:46:31 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: RightFighter

“Welcome to Hooters, may I get you something to drink?”

I think the poor gals are worried tha they might have to work on Sunday and the Raiders won’t give them the time off.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 5:49:39 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: Zakeet

I didn’t realize they were even paid.

I know that the members of the Redskins band are not paid (or at least, they weren’t in the not-so-distant past). They were given four tickets to each home game, including preseason and playoffs (not that that happens much anymore, LOL).

Someone who worked for me was in the band, and would sell them to me for $50 each, then I’d give out to employees on a week-to-week basis. I got to see a playoff game against the Lions once that way.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 5:52:01 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: woodbutcher1963
I only wish my Cowboys would show on the field that they're worthy of having the hottest cheerleaders.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 5:53:26 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Zakeet

Because being an NFL cheerleader used to be it’s own reward. At the least it was the fast track to trophy wife.

Those players making 100k a game though, you would think they could pony up and subsidize the cheerleaders.


29 posted on 01/26/2014 6:00:51 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: bert

I don’t know how many here actually know a woman that has been a long term cheer leader with one of the more well known groups, but I have.

She is middle aged now, and a VP of Sales for a significant company making six figures. She considers it one of the most formative and educational experiences of her life. She is very proud of the work she did in USO type tours and tells stories about how the discipline and team work translated into the right attitude for a challenging business career.

Members of the minor teams or members of recent years may not have had an experience like her’s but she has countless stories of why she is glad she spent four years at it.


30 posted on 01/26/2014 6:04:04 AM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: KC Burke

I have a friend, 71, that was a cheer leader when we were in high school.

She still is, to this day


31 posted on 01/26/2014 6:06:09 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Zakeet

Do the Raiders drag these poor women from the street and force them to put on skimpy costumes and parade around at gunpoint? If so, why are they paying them at all? If not, then you knew what you were getting into.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 6:31:33 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: KC Burke

Yes, I was going to mention the Cowboy Cheerleaders on USO tours. If any cheerleaders are reading this, thanks very much for the show way back when. I’m still a fan.

More pictures.


33 posted on 01/26/2014 6:33:41 AM PST by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe the cheerleaders should watch what they wish for . The Chicago Bears haven’t had cheerleaders since 1985. Not every team has cheerleaders.


34 posted on 01/26/2014 7:03:39 AM PST by motherof 3
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To: Zakeet

Does anyone think these women are concerned about the money? They want to hook a wealthy professional athlete.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 7:10:52 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Zakeet

Anytime I’ve read profiles of cheerleaders, they’ve always been college students or independent business women, who had time to devote to the PT status of the job. Some were even models, so the status of being a pro team’s cheerleader offers more opportunities to market yourself and make money, the same way the pro athlete can get endorsement money outside of his team contract. Maybe these cheerleaders would do better if they had agents.


36 posted on 01/26/2014 7:16:15 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Zakeet

37 posted on 01/26/2014 7:29:16 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: jsanders2001
But then they wouldn’t have a chance to become F-A-M-O-U-S....which is the primary goal in the back of their minds when they go pro. I have a friend whose wife is the coordinator for a very well known NFL team. All those girls have stars in their eyes...

They get to meet a bunch of wealthy men (both on the team, and fans). Plus, how many 30-something guys wouldn't like to be able to say "my girlfriend is an NFL cheerleader".

38 posted on 01/26/2014 7:37:23 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Zakeet

Perhaps there needs to be a “tip jar” so the spectators can place a dollar or five at the stadium.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 7:53:37 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

40 posted on 01/26/2014 7:59:03 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: RightGeek

More and more fat cheerleaders are showing up at the high school level. Just saying!!!


41 posted on 01/26/2014 8:07:25 AM PST by ontap
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To: jpsb

Nothing like a Freeper thread with great pictures.


42 posted on 01/26/2014 8:10:06 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Bender2

Bender, I am mystified at how a man can look at that picture and not believe in Intelligent Design.


43 posted on 01/26/2014 8:18:53 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Let’s be honest, women have two paths to fame, power and fortune.

They can either hitch their wagon to a powerful, rich man or they can struggle on their own until their talents are recognized as being of value to society.

With role models such as Hillary Clinton, Wendy Davis(etc.) the first option is the quickest and easiest.

Cheerleaders aren’t cheerleading because of a predisposition to wave pom-poms.


44 posted on 01/26/2014 8:28:33 AM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Zakeet

This “job” is so bad, only 12 million girls are waiting in line to get in.


45 posted on 01/26/2014 8:45:56 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: jsanders2001

........they all have a marriage license in mind!


46 posted on 01/26/2014 9:04:10 AM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: woodbutcher1963
Broncos?

Or Seahawks?

47 posted on 01/26/2014 9:22:38 AM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: Zakeet

They never seem to show cheerleaders anymore during the game, the NFL sucks. Back in the day they were on the screen ALL THE TIME, and it was good.


48 posted on 01/26/2014 9:30:22 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
They never seem to show cheerleaders anymore during the game...

And when they do show them there is a graphic on the screen cutting them off from the waist down.

49 posted on 01/26/2014 9:40:14 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Zakeet; Lazamataz

Are you TRYING to give Laz a heart attack?


50 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:17 AM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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