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.

Letter to
Owner, Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf
Owner, Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Khan
Owner, Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt
and 21 others
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, Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay
Owner, Houston Texans Robert McNair
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, Washington Redskins Dan Snyder
NFL cheerleaders contribute to the spirit of the game by cheering on the team and wowing the fans from the sidelines. They are an iconic part of the sport and squads make their teams up to a million dollars a year with appearances, calendars and merchandise.

However, some cheerleaders make as little as $150 dollars a game and most are not compensated for the hours of practice they put in to perfect their performances. These are elite athletes who train for years and they deserve to be compensated fairly for their work.

Please commit to paying your cheerleaders a living wage.

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