"Nothing super about millionaire players" by: Jessica Shepard

   I know that football is practically a religion in Texas, but, I’m not a fan.
   So, as we get closer to the annual “Super Bowl” event, I’m not looking forward to how much bashing happens between fans of each team.
   In fact, I usually avoid all social media platforms that day.
   People are often shocked that I’m not into football or have an opinion one way or another about most sports.
   It’s not that I don’t understand them, it’s just that I don’t care.
   I think that most of the players get paid too much and don’t do enough positive things with their money.
   Plus, I also think its lame that the cheerleaders’ compensation is pitiful for the amount of work they do.
   National Football League (NFL) cheerleaders earn somewhere between $75 to $150 per game and might make as much as $50 an hour for special corporate appearances.
   Often times they aren’t reimbursed for travel expenses or rehearsals and they still manage to work nearly 40 hours a week.
   The average NFL player’s annual salary is over $2 million, according to Forbes, and the NFL generates about $14 billion in revenues per year.
   Apparently, the NFL says that cheerleading isn’t supposed to be a “full-time job,” but they sure are expecting full-time effort.
   And, to be fair, it isn’t just the NFL, but also National Basketball Association (NBA) team cheerleaders who get the raw end of the deal, too.
   I’ve got a hard time endorsing such a blatant wage discrepancy and treatment of athletes.
   I may have not been a cheerleader personally, but, I have had plenty of friends who were and it’s just as hard as any number of other sports.
   Cheerleaders are athletes, in every sense of the word and should be paid accordingly.
   Cheerleaders have to use gymnastics and dancing skills along with careful choreography and maintaining an insane amount of energy under stressful conditions. 
   The thought of even doing that at a local high school level just gives me anxiety and I commend every girl and woman in such a field.
   I just wish that more people understood how unequal the pay range is across the board.
   Not to mention, I think it’s ridiculous to pay so many millions for some dudes to chase a ball around a field and score imaginary points that don’t really count for anything other than a shiny trophy or ring at the end.
   I get being competitive, but, it’s never factored in as THAT important to me.
   And I played soccer for two years. Regardless, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and stays safe. Remember, don’t drink and drive!

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