Supervisors ordered the cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, to warm up in a frigid, grubby stadium storeroom that smelled of gasoline. They told the cheerleaders to do jumping jacks to see if flesh jiggled. The Jills were required to attend a golf tournament for sponsors. Afterward, the men placed bids on which women would ride around in their golf carts.
The NFL has a lot of problems for a multi-billion dollar organization — head injuries, employing alleged murderers and rapists, dogfighting rings — but little did we know that the most insidious side of the NFL might just be covered with hairspray and immovable smiles. Five former Buffalo Jills, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, recently filed a suit against their former employers. The documents detail working conditions that sound super illegal, and at best advantageous regarding loopholes in the law in order to exploit cheap labor. This is only the tip of the insane iceberg of the Buffalo Jills handbook. At one point, it describes the reasoning behind selling for a profit, details the correct way to use a tampon and explains how to find directions on Mapquest. Considering the fact that you have to be 18 and a high school graduate to be a Jill, it seems a bit superfluous to explain the obvious in such detail and in such a weirdly condescending manner. At first it just reads like some kooky aunt who just wants to give you some good advice — strange but harmless — but then you realize that this is an actual Code of Conduct that actual adult women are agreeing to and it all seems a bit…disturbing.
Frame it a certain way and this seems glamorous, which can also be said of her former job: NFL cheerleader. Pinzone was a Buffalo Jill for one year. She spent the Buffalo Bills season dancing on the sidelines just yards away from muscled, multimillion-dollar, head-smashing football players. Much like a paparazzi-lined red carpet, that can seem glamorous, too.
By Nick Canedo ncanedo newyorkupstate. Fun fact: The first NFL team to have cheerleaders haven't had a squad since the s. In fact, of the 32 teams, 26 have cheerleaders while six don't.