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Why pro cheerleading may be
one of America’s worst jobs

CBS News, by Aimee Picchi

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/26/2014 4:41:30 AM

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. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, lays out a damning case against professional cheerleading, portraying the profession as a place

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/26/2014 4:52:58 AM     (No. 9705947)

I would suspect that most cheerleaders have jobs and do this for the fun and to support the team.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 1/26/2014 7:12:36 AM     (No. 9705994)

New issue for the mouth-foaming liberals, NFL cheerleading is modern form of slavery.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 1/26/2014 7:37:55 AM     (No. 9706016)

I have a buddy who is a "Saintsation." She does "it" for fun and teaches school for a living. Having said that, I do believe the gals who put in ALL that time and effort deserve a bit more than mileage and perdiem.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/26/2014 7:45:25 AM     (No. 9706026)

I don´t know about elsewhere, but here in North Texas, the applicants for Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders flood the tryouts. There are hundreds of applicants for the few openings each year. It´s all about the prestige of landing the spot, not about the benefits. That´s why the clubs can get away with underpaying and overworking. No one is forced to take the job, obviously.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 1/26/2014 8:24:34 AM     (No. 9706068)

Just sayin´: if abortion rights are about women having choice over what they do with their bodies...

FTA: With such dismal conditions, why would anyone want to become a cheerleader?
For Vinick’s client, the squad was “a dream job,” she noted. “She applied without really thinking about the consequences,” Vinick said.

So if a court rules in her favor, can we expect to see women who´ve had abortions suing for child support?

"Hey, this is what I chose to do, but I hadn´t really thought about the consequences. I´m owed!"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/26/2014 8:50:01 AM     (No. 9706110)

It´s a case of supply and demand. Too much supply for the very small demand. Watch for a union to be formed soon. If these lawsuits blow up in a big nasty PR disaster, the football team owners/management have no one to blame but themselves.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/26/2014 9:50:45 AM     (No. 9706181)

If this grievance continues to develop, say goodbye to NFL cheerleaders. I won´t miss them, that´s for sure.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/26/2014 10:28:14 AM     (No. 9706236)

I´ve watched episodes of "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team," and it is eye-opening to see what those girls are put through. It is also sad to see the DCC management have to teach them how to dress, eat at a nice restaurant and behave like ladies. If they´re smart, they pay attention and come out more polished. For the DCC, that may be part of the draw.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/26/2014 11:53:30 AM     (No. 9706347)

Pay the girls. The Commissioner can cut his salary from 29.5 million a year to 25 million. I am a capitalist, but good grief.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/26/2014 12:07:50 PM     (No. 9706367)

I´m just curious as to the ratio of cheerleaders that wind up marrying players. Being a cheerleader gives the women involved access to a wealthy segment of society who appreciate their assets. It´s also a resume enhancer if they´re in modeling or have an eye on a career in entertainment.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/26/2014 12:37:35 PM     (No. 9706411)

Maybe we wouldn´t have to worry about the pay of cheerleaders if moms and dads were honest to their daughters early on about the myth of cheerleading,

On its surface, it´s all about school/team "spirit".

Yeah, right, it´s about sex. Young, pretty women bouncing around in the shortest skirts and exuding sexuality. Heck, some moves at least at the high school/college level have in fact transcended to stripper moves.

Proof point? Insist the cheerleaders wear pants and see how that goes over with the crowd.

This is the elephant in the room. Cheerleading is about sex. If you want to make a better living, don´t have a job that depends on sexuality.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 1/26/2014 1:28:44 PM     (No. 9706468)

This is a "big NFL issue" at super bowl news cycle time - it does seem to be out of whack when commissioners, coaches and players make so much money, but this is a story about one of the seediest teams/ownerships in the league . . . they are all volunteers and it appears like there is a waiting line(s) get on the cheerleading team . . son of Al, give ´em a little more cash !

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Reply 13 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/26/2014 1:33:03 PM     (No. 9706474)

I would say that most of these women do this because they envision careers in show business and/or marriage to a wealthy guy (maybe an athlete) who sees them. It is a public showcase of sorts.

I have always thought that anyone over high school age participating in this kind of "show" was a little goofy. Do pro teams really need them?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/26/2014 1:37:08 PM     (No. 9706479)

Last post should have said "over college age".

Those who think the tryouts for this kind of cheerleading are strenuous has never had any knowledge of what goes on in many high schools. The tryouts are killer, the girls who don´t make it are wounded, and the others work their buns off. And there is NO pay other than exposure (pun intended) and public attention.

As someone said, these women don´t have to do this. They pursue the job because of the obvious rewards. The pay is secondary.

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