Why would anyone want to be a 2014 NFL Cheerleader?
How ironic is it that the only people the National Football League pay to cheer for their teams are treated so horribly by the people who hire them? With the NFL Draft just days away and fans across the league ready to root for their favorite team to make the best selections of players, the one team that the league doesn’t treat right in the slightest are their own cheerleaders.
This week saw a third NFL team hit with a lawsuit by former members of their cheerleading squad. The Buffalo Bills joined the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals in seeing ligation filed against them for the mistreatment of their cheerleading team, the Buffalo Jills.
With each case, the story bad and seem to get worse. These NFL teams, or in the Buffalo Bills’ case a management company that oversees their cheerleaders, are charged with underpaying and overworking their paid cheerleaders. Charges of bizarre requests and requirement of the job from all three lawsuits make each team sound worse than the other.
A combination of the charges and the subsequent bad press from the lawsuit have caused the Buffalo Bills to announce they will play without their Buffalo Jills cheerleading team. The Jills were established in 1967 during the team’s eighth season. Through 1986 the team employed their cheerleaders; since then, private companies have managed them.
The NFL has issued an official “We do not have a comment on these team litigation issues. We are following developments,” statement this week. You can rest assured they are in touch with the legal departments of all three teams facing ligation and hopefully are working with all the teams with cheerleading squads to make sure they are all keeping things in order.
With the cheerleading squads generation six or even seven figures in revenue for their teams, how could being underpaid still be an issue? With every team being a multimillion dollar corporation, how can human resource issues get so out of hand? With so much exploitation being reported in the last few months, why would anyone still be trying out to become a NFL cheerleader? How can NFL teams or the companies they hire mistreat the only people they actually need to pay to cheer for them?
I think another group of largely successful people were also known to pay others for support before turning around and mistreated them. This group was around a few thousand years ago and their plan did not work out too well for them in the long run. They were the Roman Empire.