Skip to comments.Why pro cheerleading may be one of America’s worst jobs
Posted on 01/26/2014 2:41:06 AM PST by Zakeet
Parents, dont let your girls grow up to be cheerleaders.
Thats 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.
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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With such dismal conditions, why would anyone want to become a Raiderette?
When did cheerleading become a job??? Perhaps the money spent on boob jobs and nose jobs should have been invested in an education.
Well, at least it’s a better outcome for all those childhood ballet lessons than ending up in a nudie bar.
"I got kicked out of the Jets cheerleaders locker room twice....once for the wrong color pom poms.....and another because of indecent behavior"
Baby Mamas of pro players?
Another missile launched in the war against the NFL, income inequality, and sexism. Liberals are cranking up the rhetoric for midterm election campaign speeches.
Have you seen how useless most college degrees are today? I think the nose jobs and the boob jobs are more sound as investments .
They should all resign and let the Raiders hire the ObamaPhone lady in their place.
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.”
Since Tony dumped Jessica... no way!
Is it worth it having NFL Cheerleaders around? Oh... YES, YES, YES!!!
> 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...
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.
Paula Abdul, Teri Hatcher, Charisma Carpenter, Lisa Guerrero, Kiana Tom. Lots of millionaire wives.
Seems like enough reason to them.
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.
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.
“Huh. I thought maybe most of them just did this on the side, in addition to another real job. Didnt 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 :)
Kiana Tom- Oh Boy!
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.
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.
-——Maybe its a lousy job——
but you get to be on TV!
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,
You said it a lot better than I was going to say it.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a friend, 71, that was a cheer leader when we were in high school.
She still is, to this day
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.
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.
Maybe the cheerleaders should watch what they wish for . The Chicago Bears haven’t had cheerleaders since 1985. Not every team has cheerleaders.
Does anyone think these women are concerned about the money? They want to hook a wealthy professional athlete.
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.
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".
Perhaps there needs to be a “tip jar” so the spectators can place a dollar or five at the stadium.
More and more fat cheerleaders are showing up at the high school level. Just saying!!!
Nothing like a Freeper thread with great pictures.
Bender, I am mystified at how a man can look at that picture and not believe in Intelligent Design.
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.
This “job” is so bad, only 12 million girls are waiting in line to get in.
........they all have a marriage license in mind!
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.
And when they do show them there is a graphic on the screen cutting them off from the waist down.
Are you TRYING to give Laz a heart attack?