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The Dallas Cowboys are being accused of underpaying their cheerleaders following a recent revelation.

The dance team is the most popular of its kind in sports on a worldwide scale and brings in over $1 million for the organization on a yearly basis.

However, the new Netflix series, ‘America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,’ has revealed that the dancers make as much money as fast food workers or substitute teachers.

A piece from Sports Illustrated highlights the issue, pointing out that some cheerleaders can’t work for an entire season as injuries are part of the game, while most of them work other jobs to make ends meet.

I just finished America’s Sweethearts Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on @Netflix I have so many thoughts. I’ll start with this. It’s a toxic environment, almost cult like. They are severely underpaid & overworked. The series needs a trigger warning.
And I’m a lifelong fan! pic.twitter.com/yKeOt9XHvk

— Christie 👩🏻‍💻🌎❔ (@EarthAwareness) June 26, 2024

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“Many were outraged to learn about the sacrifices and little pay the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were forced to endure to make their dreams come true,” the column reads.

“A scene from the Netflix reality show America’s Sweethearts went viral after one of the Cowboys’ cheerleaders said they make the same amount of money as fast food workers and substitute teachers. Many of the cheerleaders have two jobs to keep up with bills, while others aren’t able to work for long stretches because of the injuries that occur while performing on game days.”

Dallas Cowboys VP Charlotte Jones Has Responded To The Outrage

Cowboys executive vice president and chief brand officer Charlotte Jones, the daughter of owner Jerry Jones, admitted that the cheerleaders don’t make a lot while noting that the women don’t do it for the money; it’s about being part of something bigger than themselves.

Not a higher up, woman mind you, for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders justifying why the cheerleaders are underpaid. Talking about it’s a privilege 😒

Folks have BILLS to pay. Imagine busting your ass in a sport as your job, to make the same as a Chick Fil A employee

TF pic.twitter.com/7ceA6RhUZV

— M.Y.M.Y. (@Baesicc_21) June 26, 2024

“There’s a lot of cynicism around pay for NFL cheerleaders, as there should be. They’re not paid a lot,” she said. “But the facts are that they actually don’t come here for the money. They come here for something that’s actually bigger than that to them,” she said, via the Dallas Morning News.

“They have a passion for dance. There are not a lot of opportunities in the field of dance, and to get to perform at an elite level. … It is about being a part of something bigger than themselves.”

Be that as it may, it’s no reason to underpay these ladies when the franchise can easily afford to.

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