Why Are NFL Cheerleaders Booing Their Teams?

raiderettes-350Let’s turn now to the Wide, Wide, WILD World of Sports.

The big story at this time of year, of course, is the Super Bowl, that multi-multi-million dollar showcase of super-paid superstars, billionaire owners, taxpayer-financed sports palaces, extravagant corporate skyboxes serving deep-fried caviar, and TV ads running $4 million for a 30-second spot. But behind the scenes of this big money sports extravaganza is a sordid secret of illegal cheating.

No, not the use of steroids. Rather, this scandal is about the NFL’s use and abuse of cheerleaders. Astonishingly, these glamorous, athletic, and very-hard-working ladies – who bring sideline pizzaz to the show and are used by owners to promote the team brand and ticket sales – are paid less than the beer hawkers on game day, less than a McDonald’s crew member, and way less than minimum wage. Yes, that’s illegal, which is why some Raiderettes (the popular cheerleaders of Oakland’s NFL team) have filed a lawsuit for wage theft against the owners.

Overall, pro-team cheerleaders get $70 to $90 per game. That’s for a 12-hour game day, plus uncompensated practice sessions that routinely run a grueling six hours, and mandatory promotional appearances. The teams nickel-and-dime the women by shorting their hours, and they even illegally fine their pep-leaders for such nonsense “transgressions” as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice. And no health care for a job that puts you at constant risk of injury.

jim hightowerThen there’s this Dickensian twist; The club management withholds all cheerleader pay – as meager as it is – until the end of the season, so the women are essentially indentured servants to teams wallowing in wealth, that the teams siphon out of the pockets of ticketholders and taxpayers.

To the NFL: BOO, BOOOO, BOOOOOOO!

Jim Hightower
America’s #1 Populist

Published by the LA Progressive on February 2, 2014
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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.

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He broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, and on Radio for Peace International.

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