Fair Play for Super Bowl Workers
  • Petitioning Frank Supovitz

This petition will be delivered to:

Senior VP, Events, NFL
Frank Supovitz
PR, NFL
Joanna Hunter
Commissioner, National Football League
Roger Goodell

Fair Play for Super Bowl Workers

    1. Petition by

      M M

      Greenwood, IN

That a multi-million dollar corporation such as the NFL feels it must recruit volunteer work to provide for the halftime activities during the Super Bowl in the economic environment that exists today is an insult to hard-working Americans.

For Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis, 500 Americans are being solicited as volunteers to be available for orientation, 43 hours of rehearsal work, and game-day activities with no wage compensation given, no injury liability protection afforded them, nor any opportunity granted them to watch any part of the game live in the stadium or be given access to tickets. If the NFL can gross over $9 billion dollars in one year, there is no plausible reason for it to not be able to afford to help the communities that make their national events possible through wage compensation and liability protection for all of its workers.

It is unbecoming of volunteered American labor to be utilized for the sole purpose of further lining executives' pockets.  Petition goal of 63,000 signatures set to match the capacity of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Volunteers Seriously Injured by Stage Collapse in 2010

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Four Super Bowl Halftime volunteers were seriously injured during a rehearsal for the 2010 Super Bowl when a section of the stage collapsed on them. Meanwhile, volunteers are asked to sign a form agreeing to hold the NFL harmless for any accidents or injuries associated with their volunteer jobs.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Sports blog explains more about this issue

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Sports blog GossipSports explains more background behind this issue. Avery d'Alessandro writes: "I still can’t find, or think of good reason for NFL number crunchers to fit this into the budget every year."

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    • lisa steward VERNON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Ok if they don't get paid - BUT NO ACCIDENT insurance? Is this the 3rd world or America? Come on!

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    • richard coale SATSUM, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I always pay everyone I have ever employed for anything what they ask or need and accept volunteering for work only if they ask to volunteer for something work related after offering to pay. So should the NFL who has more power financially to do the same.

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    • zee alexi NYC, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      How many more yrs are the rich owners~~who make people slave for them at crap wages & nasty hours~~gonna be comfortable laying their heads on pillows at nite? Get some dignity~~everyone knows YOU'RE overpaid. Greedheads!

      zinaidaalexi@yahoo.com 2/2/12

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    • Kit Templeton RICHMOND, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a stagehand who is forever looking for work (and who has often been told "Don't volunteer doing what you do for a living") this hurts. I'm not a union member, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting the same feeling they do when scabs are brought in. Fair pay, for fair work.

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is an absolute outrage. I thought we had outlawed slavery in this country. I guess not. These "volunteers" are being DUPED AND CONNED; besides doing their fellow-citizens out of much-needed employment, whether they are aware of this or not.

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