Why Pro Cheerleading May Be One of America’s Worst Jobs

CBS News published Why Pro Cheerleading May Be One of America’s Worst Jobs.

While the cheerleaders may appear happy on television, their bank accounts may not be quite as jolly. A Raiderette is paid a fee of $125 for each home game in which she performs, but isn’t paid for rehearsals or charitable appearances. The lawsuit alleges the team’s contract pays $1250 for an entire season, or just $5 per hour once a cheerleader’s total hours — including rehearsals, games and charitable events — are added up.

In addition, Deadspin published NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All.

So why do people do it? Our tipster says that for all the stress, it’s still basically a hobby, which in its odd way makes the conditions more tolerable. And there are undeniable benefits, like the status that goes with being one of the elite few associated with a brand as big as an NFL team, as well as the camaraderie. “This is how I made most of the friends I still have today,” our tipster says.