Calif. Governor Signs Bill Protecting Pro Sports Cheerleaders: Now What?
California Governor Jerry Brown signed an important piece of legislation on Wednesday -- beer-tasting events can now be held at certified farmers markets. Oh, also, professional cheerleaders must now be made employees, and have to be paid minimum wage and overtime.
This is obviously good news for Raiders cheerleaders, who precipitated the legislation by suing the team because they were being paid as little as $5 per hour. Cheerleaders for the 49ers, Chargers, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers and Kings owe the Raiderettes a debt of gratitude: perhaps they can meet at midfield during halftime for a group hug?
But this new law leaves questions. Obviously the San Francisco 49ers can, and should, pay their cheerleaders at least minimum wage. But what about pro teams with not-so-deep pockets?
* The WNBA Los Angeles Sparks? Can they afford to pay cheerleaders minimum wage?
* What about mascots? Does Lou Seal of the San Francisco Giants get a pay raise? We asked ... waiting to hear back.
@LouSeal01 Does the new Calif. law giving minimum wage to cheerleaders also apply to mascots? Do you get a pay raise?
— SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) July 16, 2015
* So what about other pro sports? Does the American Ultimate Disc League have cheerleaders? If so, must the San Jose Spiders and Los Angeles Aviators increase their pay?
* Does this apply to dance teams? And what about the Warriors' Junior Jammers -- a youth dance team?
* What about the NBA's D-League? So the Santa Cruz Warriors must pay their cheerleaders minimum wage?
* Ice girls for the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks, etc?
* Will cheerleaders be paid by the hour for those calendar shoots? If so, you can pretty much forget those long trips to tropical beach locales.
Fun fact: the bill's author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), comes from a place where there will soon be no pro sports cheerleaders.
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