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    http://news.yahoo.com/buffalo-bills-...111053248.html

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year.

    Stephanie Mateczun, whose company manages the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, said Thursday she has suspended operations through at least the end of the season. The decision was made two days after five former Jills filed a lawsuit complaining they worked hundreds of hours for free, and were subjected to groping and sexual comments.

    The civil action was filed in state Supreme Court and seeks unspecified back pay and legal fees. It names Mateczun's company, Stejon Productions Corp., the Bills, and the Jills' former manager, Citadel Communications Co., as defendants. Stejon took over managing the cheerleaders in 2011.

    Mateczun is in the process of hiring legal representation, and declined further comment.

    The Bills have been made aware of the Jills' decision to suspend operations, but otherwise declined comment.

    Lawyer Frank Dolce, who represents the five cheerleaders, said the decision to suspend operations won't affect his case because it addresses past complaints.

    Dolce, however, did question Mateczun's motives, saying her decision to suspend the squad was unnecessary.

    "If they cease operations, they will blame the lawsuit for the destruction of the Jills, when that was not intended at all," Dolce said, noting there is not much money at stake in the lawsuit.
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    "We love the Bills. We love the Jills," he said. "We do not love the travesty of its management that has occurred over the last few years."

    According to the Buffalo Jills Alumni website, the squad was formed in 1967, eight years after the Bills were established as founding members of the American Football League. In 1986, the Bills relinquished managing the cheerleaders to private companies.

    Cheerleaders have launched similar suits against the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.

    The case against the Bills claims the Jills are wrongly classified as independent contractors and subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage law and other workplace rules.

    The Jills aren't paid for games or practices and have to make 20-35 appearances, most of which are unpaid, at community and charity events each season, the lawsuit said. On top of that, they have to pay $650 for their uniforms and are not reimbursed for travel or other expenses, the cheerleaders said.

    All five cheerleaders said they had to take a "jiggle test" so that Mateczun, Stejon's president, could assess their physiques. And Mateczun, they said, controlled everything from their hair and nail polish color to what they could post on Facebook.

    The time and expense, as well as rules governing their personal lives, far exceeded what they signed on for, the women said.

    Dolce and his clients hope their legal action leads to policy changes within the Bills' organization that ensure future cheerleaders are paid and treated better.

    "A decision to disband the Jills as an entity is a tremendous mistake for community spirit," Dolce said. "We do not feel bad that Stejon Productions has ceased operations. We think that's a good thing. We just hope the Bills don't trivialize the Jills because of the poor management of them."
    For real. I feel for these women. They all do it for the love of the game and dancing. I have friend who was a cheerleader for the Denver Outlaws. They get paid $h!t and have to look hot all the time. They're always on some crazy a$$ diet, always working out. And it takes talent to be good at it.


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    I don't know about feeling sorry for them. If there are 30 girls on a squad and say 30 teams have cheerleaders, that is 900 girls total. One of those girls has a very good chance of meeting and marrying a NFL Hall of Famer and current GM of a NFL franchise. Add that one other might meet and marry a kicker leads me to believe that the odds of 1/450 are pretty good to meet someone with money and fame. They shouldn't complain and get back to work and making ham sandwiches at charity events.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by broncocalijohn View Post
      I don't know about feeling sorry for them. If there are 30 girls on a squad and say 30 teams have cheerleaders, that is 900 girls total. One of those girls has a very good chance of meeting and marrying a NFL Hall of Famer and current GM of a NFL franchise. Add that one other might meet and marry a kicker leads me to believe that the odds of 1/450 are pretty good to meet someone with money and fame. They shouldn't complain and get back to work and making ham sandwiches at charity events.
      . I get it "hot girls got it easy". Hey they won the genetic lottery. But it doesn't mean that people get treat them $h!tter because of it. I'm not saying that they should get paid a salary. But getting paid $75-$100 per home game is pretty $h!tty. Then there are the side events that gets paid extra but tis not that much.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by UltimateHoboW/Shotgun View Post
        http://news.yahoo.com/buffalo-bills-...111053248.html

        For real. I feel for these women. They all do it for the love of the game and dancing. I have friend who was a cheerleader for the Denver Outlaws. They get paid $h!t and have to look hot all the time. They're always on some crazy a$$ diet, always working out. And it takes talent to be good at it.

        Tough break...hopefully a few Buffalo-area Hooters are hiring.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mile High Salute View Post
          Tough break...hopefully a few Buffalo-area Hooters are hiring.
          Honestly, I think the most beautiful girl I've ever seen in person was a bartender at the Hooters in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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          • #6
            They could always make me a chicken pot pie!

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            • #7
              Dated a Jaguars cheerleader back in the day. This was the mid 2000s, but they got paid $50/week for their first year, $100/week if they are brought back after that. They would practice a couple hours every week night during game weeks, and 2 hours 2-3 nights per week before the season and on weeks where there weren't games. They also could get a couple hundred bucks for appearances every now and then.

              Make your own judgement whether those are fair wages, but most of them understood it was more of a stepping stone to other opportunities, whatever those were.

              Never heard any talk about groping, but some of them did casually date players.

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              • #8
                that's ok. there are plenty of sandwiches that need to be made

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                  • #10
                    Details on the "jiggle" test

                    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...usaolp00000592

                    "One week prior to the game, we were to dress in our uniforms and stand before our coach, who had a clipboard in her hand, and we had to face forward, turn around, face back to the front and do about 10 jumping jacks. And from there, she would write down on her notepad what parts of our bodies jiggled," she said.


                    The next day, the women would receive an email with checkmarks that indicated what body parts -- including "butt, thighs, back, stomach" -- they needed to work on.
                    "If a girl got two checks in these areas, she was warned that she was not going to be field ready, and if there were three check marks, then she was not performing, she was sitting the next game," Alyssa said.

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                    • #11
                      If they took a fan vote, I would vote to get rid of the cheerleaders. It's a tough existence and they don't do anything for to enhance the experience. Maybe some way to keep a dance group involved, but the traditional cheerleader in a pro environment just doesn't connect.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jay3 View Post
                        If they took a fan vote, I would vote to get rid of the cheerleaders. It's a tough existence and they don't do anything for to enhance the experience. Maybe some way to keep a dance group involved, but the traditional cheerleader in a pro environment just doesn't connect.
                        You're gay.

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                        • #13
                          Get replacement cheerleaders

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                          • #14
                            They should force the Cheerleaders to pay the team.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...usaolp00000592

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