How much are these women worth to you? How much should one get paid to wear a skimpy costume, yell chants and prance around? Do we need to get the law involved in this?
California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez thinks so. She introduced a bill in California that, if it becomes law, will force the NFL to treat its California cheerleaders as employees and pay them at least minimum wage.
Isn’t the minimum wage $0?
Aren’t we all big boys and girls here? Why must the State be involved in every minutiae of our lives? I guess because someone wasn’t a big girl and sued the NFL for not paying her enough money for looking pretty and shaking what her momma gave her; so, here comes Lorena Gonzalez to the rescue!
According to Gonzalez, the NFL is just a bunch of wife-beating, male chauvinist pigs who don’t even pay their female sex-objects minimum wage, and the omnipotent, benevolent, god-on-earth/Government needs to do something about it.
I wonder why she cares so much?
How much is cheerleading worth? If you go to football games, and you pay $150, $300, $500, even $2000 for each ticket; are you paying that money to see professional football players or cheerleaders?
It’s a pretty basic concept in business that a person earns what she is worth. Maybe a cheerleader is worth more than less than minimum wage, but until recently the NFL was just a poor little non-profit charity organization and probably couldn’t afford to pay the cheerleaders much.
We get paid what we’re worth, and if you don’t feel like you are; you are free to ask for a raise. If you don’t get it; you are free to quit and work somewhere else for people who will appreciate your skills, experience and talent and will compensate you better. This is a free country. I have all the licenses and permits to prove it. A woman could even start her own business, exploit her customers and employees and keep all the money to herself.
What kind of person makes an agreement with someone then sues because she doesn’t like the agreement that she made?
No one forces anyone to be a cheerleader. Every one of them asked someone else for the job. That person told her the job duties and how much she would be paid. She agreed to it, they shook hands and she became a cheerleader. The San-Diego Union Tribune says some teams classify them as volunteers. Volunteers get paid less than minimum wage. Would it be right to volunteer to work at the homeless shelter then after finding out that some actual hard work is involved, sue them for not paying you enough? My supposition would be that these women have jobs that pay the bills and cheerlead for a hobby. I would posit that these women have husbands who make enough money for her to devote the time and energy needed to be a cheerleader without becoming destitute.
You don’t sue for not being paid enough to cheerlead. You don’t write a law to mandate minimum pay for cheerleading. No one can eat, drive, wear or take shelter in cheerleading. If I get sick or injured; cheerleading will not heal me. I’ve never even seen or heard of the cheerleading squad causing a game to be won or lost. Cheerleading is not worth much. If one wants to do it; one must pay for it.
Priorities are really out of whack. Too much care is given to panty-flashing women and ball-chasing men. Our Government is charging foreigners with corruption. They say some people in FIFA are corrupt for taking bribes. If you want FIFA to advertise the World Cup on your media outlet; bribe money helps them in their decision to pick you over someone else.
I’m totally shocked and outraged! I just can’t believe that you would have to actually pay someone to use their extremely valuable property so you can make money from it too, and that is corrupt. What’s next; sue water for getting people wet, indict dogs for barking?
Show me one family put out on the streets, one starving child, one entrepreneur who lost his business because of FIFA corruption or cheerleaders not getting paid enough. Show me one veteran on a wait/death list, one family whose health insurance rates have skyrocketed, one child, elderly or disabled person severely beaten or killed by cops because of FIFA corruption or cheerleaders not getting paid enough, show me one dead body, and maybe then I’ll care.