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(Sports Illustrated)   Today's NFL cheerleader mistreatment lawsuit comes from the Jets and surprisingly has nothing to do with Brett Favre   (nfl.si.com) divider line 52
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2014-05-08 06:24:33 PM
abhorrent1:
The Bears haven't had them since the 80's. They seem to do just fine. There are a few other teams that haven't had cheerleaders in a long time as well. Too lazzy to look them up.

In fact, the Jets Flight Crew (yes, really) is a new invention.  Prior to the 2007 season the Jets just had college kids drag huge flags diagonally across the field when the Jets scored.
 
2014-05-08 10:39:54 PM

dywed88: abhorrent1: dywed88: mikaloyd: Count me in the camp that says there is more downside for the NFL to have cheerleaders than there is upside for the consumer.

Iif there was, then the teams would have dumped them a while ago.

They are a marketing tool. Their primary roles is in off the field events, they just have to be at the games to support this.

I seriously doubt many teams would dump them if they suddenly had to pay, say, 5 times as much to operate a cheerleader team.

The Bears haven't had them since the 80's. They seem to do just fine. There are a few other teams that haven't had cheerleaders in a long time as well. Too lazzy to look them up.

Sure, yet most teams seem to think they are worth it.

They are a usefull marketing tool.

One thing I would note about the Bills is that it was the independent operator that shut down their cheerleaders. The Bills had no authority over them and did not provide any funding.

It looks much more like the operator trying to get out of a lawsuit than a concious decision by the club not to have cheerleaders.


Which means that the Bills contracted out for their cheerleaders instead of getting their own. Doesn't really dissuade the argument that they aren't important. They're decoration. You can argue that they are marketable decoration all that you like, but in the end, they are still decoration, and such an unessential one that some franchises simply don't care.
 
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