NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders A Living Wage
  • Petitioning Zygi Wilf

This petition will be delivered to:

Owner, Minnesota Vikings
Zygi Wilf
Owner, Miami Dolphins
Stephen Ross
Owner, San Francisco 49ers
Jed York
Owner, Denver Broncos
Pat Bowlen
Owner, Seattle Seahawks
Paul Allen
Owner, Arizona Cardinals
Bill Bidwell
Owner, Atlanta Falcons
Arthur Blank
Owner, Buffalo Bills
Ralph Wilson
Owner, Carolina Panthers
Jerry Richardson
Owner, Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Brown
Owner, Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones
Owner, Houston Texans
Robert McNair
Owner, Indianapolis Colts
Jim Irsay
Owner, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shahid Khan
Owner, Kansas City Chiefs
Clark Hunt
Owner, New Orleans Saints
Tom Benson
Owner, New York Jets
Robert Wood Johnson IV
Owners, Oakland Raiders
Carol and Mark Davis
Owner, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffrey Lurie
Owner, San Diego Chargers
Alex Spanos
Owner, St. Louis Rams
Stan Kroenke
Owner, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Malcolm Glazer
Owner, Tennessee Titans
Estate of Bud Adams
Owner, Washington Redskins
Dan Snyder

NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders A Living Wage

    1. Diane Todd
    2. Petition by

      Diane Todd

      Santa Monica, United States

NFL Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable mainstays of the sport, rooting on their teams in extreme weather and performing routines for millions of fans. But while NFL Cheerleaders bring in as much as $1 million dollars each season for their teams in merchandising and promotions, many get paid as little as $150 per game.

In fact, while NFL Cheerleaders do have some opportunities for outside appearances, many of these skilled athletes make less than $1000 per year. Comparatively, an NFL Mascot can make as much as $65,000 per season; and while some NFL teams have recently moved in the direction of paying Cheerleaders minimum wage ($9 per hour), the NFL pays Concession Stand Workers $12-$18 per hour.

NFL Cheerleaders spend countless hours at practice each week, perfecting their routines, but most aren’t paid for any of it. Being an NFL cheerleader isn’t a hobby; for many, it’s their dream come true. The selection process for the few slots on each squad is highly competitive and each member is required to have highly specialized dance and athletic skills.

It’s time for NFL teams to step up and start paying cheerleaders a “living wage”.

Please join me, Paula Abdul, and numerous other great supporters, in asking the 26 NFL teams that have cheerleading squads to commit to paying their Cheerleaders a living wage for the work they do contribute to their respective franchises and the National Football League as a whole.

Recent signatures


    1. NFL Cheerleaders: Talented, Hot, and Exploited? (

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Special thanks to General Manager, Matan Uziel of “” for reaching out, requesting me to write my 2nd article to help further raise awareness over our fight towards a living wage for NFL Cheerleaders.

      You can check out my article and other great articles on their website here:

      I’m also pleased to announce that we’ve just reached 140,000 petition signatures, WOW!

      Everyone is doing a great job helping spread the word about the low wages NFL Cheerleaders are paid, as a LOUD voice is needed in order for the NFL to take notice that the PAYING PUBLIC CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE: these talented, hot, hard working women deserve to be paid a living wage for the great entertainment and support value they provide to both their teams and their communities. It’s time the $6 Billion NFL stops exploiting these young women; they can and should be paid more, it’s THE NFL!

      Finally, a special “shout-out” to Shelby Knox of who has stuck by me since day one of this petition; looking forward to our continued efforts in finding additional ways we can help turn up the heat.

      Thanks again for everyone’s help and support, as change to NFL Cheerleading pay is in the air; hope you not only feel it, but we soon see some results!

      p.s. For daily updates, please follow me on
      Twitter: @dianetodd03 #NFLCheerPay

    2. CBC The Current - Article & Radio Interview

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to “CBC The Current” for the great article and inviting me to speak on air to raise awareness over the fight for fair wages for NFL cheerleaders.

      You can check out the article and listen to the interview here:

      In just 30 days we’ve increased our signature petition base by 5,000 (138K)!

      Kudos to everyone for spreading the word, as NFL Cheerleaders need our collective voice as they are stuck between a rock and a hard spot; born entertainers that love their job, working hard both on/off the field supporting their teams and communities but with little negotiation power for fair wages.

      Would love to hear from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader’s Director, Kelli Finglass, why she and the $6 Billion Dollar, Tax-Exempt NFL, who supposedly supports women by wearing/selling pink during October, can justify paying “America’s Sweethearts” minimum wage when NFL players receive compensation (bonuses) of $5,000 per week, for each week they are NOT arrested ($360,000/year) while mascots can make as much as $65,000; if this isn’t the definition of exploitation, what is?

      Thank you again for your support and I look forward to continuing to turn the heat up! And with your help, change in NFL Cheerleading pay is in the air, can you feel it?


      p.s. For daily updates, please follow me on
      Twitter: @dianetodd03 #NFLCheerPay

      Cheerleaders generate over $1 million per season per NFL team, yet they don't even make minimum wage

      Lacy T was the first professional cheerleader to launch legal action against her NFL team, the Oakland Raiders earlier this year. Her victory means her fellow Raiderettes now earn California's minimum wage. However, it's still thousands of dollars less than what an NFL mascot earns, or the concession stand workers

    3. Cheerleaders fight in the spotlight as NFL season kicks off

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      This past weekend marked the opening of the 2014 NFL season and while the teams battled it out on the field I was honored to be able to give voice to the fight for fair wages for NFL cheerleaders in an op-ed in the New York Daily News.

      You can check out my op-ed here:

      Over 133,000 people -- including you! -- have signed my petition asking the NFL and its respective team owners to pay their cheerleaders, who work countless (often unpaid) hours each week perfecting their routines for the big game, a fair wage. The start of the new season is the perfect time to take this campaign to the next level by making our voices even louder and showing the NFL that fans care about how the talented women rooting the players on from the sidelines are treated by their employers.

      Will you take a moment to share my op-ed on Facebook? Here’s the link again:

      Thank you again for your support and I look forward to running this campaign all the way down the field and into the end zone with you!

      with gratitude,


      P.S. You can also ask your friends to sign my petition by directing them to

      Behind the cheers, serious labor strife

      Todd: The opening weekend of the NFL season is here. That's good for players, who finally get to take the field. It's good for fans, who can pop open beers, stretch out and watch. It's good for league and team executives, who can start counting the money; revenue was $6 billion last season.

    4. Thank you Robin Abcarian & LOS ANGELES TIMES for covering the campaign!

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Robin, your continued coverage on #NFLCheerPay helps keep the lights on NFL Cheerleading; especially when it’s mentioned on the FRONT PAGE (afternoon edition) of one of the GREATEST newspapers in the U.S., the Los Angeles Times! All, it’s because of EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU that this petition is gaining grounds- CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, CAN YOU FEEL IT? Please be sure to follow me on Twitter @dianetodd03 for the latest updates; together our voices will be heard :>

      An extraordinary win for the Raiders' cheerleaders

      On July 1, about six months after being hit with a wage theft lawsuit that generated worldwide attention, the Oakland Raiders shipped out a new contract to the 40 members of its Raiderettes cheerleading squad, who call themselves "football's fabulous females."

    5. Thank you JERRY RICE for supporting the campaign!

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Jerry, as a highly respected member of the community and the GREATEST NFL Wide Receiver of all-time (as far as I'm concerned- prove me wrong 49er's Crabtree & Boldin!), your support in helping raise awareness for this campaign means so much!!! Makes me believe that football & cheerleading really are the apple-pie and ice-cream of sports; they go together and support one another. All, please be sure to follow me on Twitter @dianetodd03 for the latest updates- if you're not on Twitter, you're really missing out :>

    6. Thank you PAULA ABDUL for tweeting about the campaign!

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Paula, as a former Laker Girl, your support for this campaign by helping raise awareness via tweeting is greatly appreciated! All, please be sure to follow me on Twitter @dianetodd03 for the latest updates.

    7. ESPN New York: Jets cheerleader files suit over wages

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you ESPN for continuing to help us raise awareness of this issue: ".....One would certainly think it would be prudent for the NFL to do something," Vinick said. Currently, there is a petition on asking the NFL to pay cheerleaders a fair wage, and it has more than 128,000 signatures".

    8. Accultura: NFL vs. Cheerleaders: Blame the Girls, Not the Patriarchy

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Absolutely AWESOME article (and we are in the news again :> : "...So, what to do? A petition on is a start, and the threat of more lawsuits may bring the matter into better focus for the decision makers. But the only true game changer will be the cheerleaders’ threat of hanging up their pompoms for good....I, for one, urge every professional cheerleader and their fans to stand their ground on their value to the team, to the game, and to the culture of athleticism that they represent".

    9. ESPN The Magazine: Just Cheer, Baby!

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      By Amanda Hess PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS McPHERSON 04/02/14

      Read more:

      "...But shortly after the Raiders' last game, the topic of money began coming up. The mother of a 14-year-old California cheerleader had started a petition asking NFL teams "to step up and start paying cheerleaders a living wage" so that her daughter could grow up to have a shot at a livelihood. Several current and former Raiderettes signed. Some publicized their support on Facebook and Instagram. The petition sparked an internal Raiderettes email chain discussing the issue. The next day, Lacy replied to the thread with a link to her freshly filed legal complaint: Lacy T. v. Oakland Raiders, a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Raiderettes who cheered from 2010 to 2013."

    10. Fox 32 News: Beyond the sidelines: Pro cheerleaders tell all

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      Posted: Jan 30, 2014 1:42 PM PST Updated: Feb 13, 2014 1:42 PM PST
      By Tisha Lewis, FOX 32 News Reporter

      Read more:

      “Los Angeles resident Diane Todd's petition to the Broncos and Seahawks owners has more than 50,000 signatures of support”.

    11. Santa Monica Daily Press: Cheerleader for the cheerleaders!

      Diane Todd
      Petition Organizer

      By David Mark Simpson on February 4, 2014 in News

      Read more:

      “The Santa Monica Vikings’ Youth Cheer Squad practices Monday at Samohi. Parent Diane Todd is leading a national movement on behalf of professional cheerleaders to secure better pay. NFL cheerleaders make around $5 an hour, according to reports”. Paul Alvarez, Jr.”.

    12. International Business Times Coverage of the Campaign

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Are NFL Cheerleaders Underpaid?

      Christopher Zara covers media, culture, entertainment and the arts. He joined IBTimes in June 2012. From 2005 to 2012, he served as managing editor of Show Business, a trade... Continue Reading

    13. Reached 100,000 signatures



    Jun 03, 2014

    RT and join me in asking the @NFL to compensate cheerleaders fairly:

    The Real Paula Abdul


    Mar 24, 2014

    RT: “@Change: Some @NFL cheerleaders make just $5/hr. 125K fans are asking the team to pay them a living wage:”

    Lisa Guerrero

    Reasons for signing

    • phillip white MACOMB, IL
      • about 19 hours ago

      Everyone deserves to live a good life

    • melody herrington KETCHIKAN, AK
      • about 20 hours ago

      You should be paid way way more than your wage you are getting right now. The cheerleaders for these team bring in sooo much money. Heck to some people they are the reason to go to the game lol. I say pay them a heck of alot than 9 bucks a hour!

    • Jim Frelich HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 1 day ago

      Because its the right thing to do. These girls bring in big buck. They should be paid for their allure.

    • Caston Fowler VALLEJO, CA
      • 1 day ago

      I fill that the job these women do is what has been stated. Work, fun, pleasure and adventure. These ladies have dedicated their lives to enhance and personalized the sporting game. And an asset to a lot other areas of television and with wages as they for them they should compensated more and better then they are. For all the hard work they do. That's how I feel, since I was asked thank you.☺

    • Frances Schlein KISSIMMEE, FL
      • 1 day ago

      The NFL has enough money. They can share some.


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