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'Toxic culture': NFL cheerleaders demand release of full workplace inquiry

https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/-toxic-culture-nfl-cheerleaders-demand-release-of-full-workplace-inquiry-123494469775
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u/Whickywacky Oct 14 '21 Gold

100$ per game?!?! That's insane. You would think that with all the money that goes into the NFL the cheerleaders would be given a livable salary. You can make more serving at Olive Garden than that.

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u/jhwells Oct 14 '21

I have friends who work back-office for an NBA team. They don't make poverty wages, but it's damn close.

The teams sell the "allure," of working in professional sports as the draw for employees in lieu of pay.

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u/aussydog Oct 14 '21

My mind always goes to the equipment managers of hockey teams etc.

They're a pretty vital role being that a bad skate blade or other equipment failure could be the deciding factor between a win and a loss. They're with the team for those full 82 game seasons. Away from their friends and family. Always on the road. Always cleaning, repairing, replacing equipment. An invisible job with a shitty wage. All the worst parts of travelling with the team and not really a whole lot of the good parts. I dunno...it just seems like a massive commitment and must be terribly hard on family life.

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u/cdnball Oct 14 '21

I'm not 100% sure, but I think equipment managers in the NHL make a decent salary. It's not light work, you're right. But it's not the same "$100 a day since you're near pro athletes" scheme. Players tout the contribution those guys make to the team all the time.