Wednesday July 9th, 2014

With a lawsuit still pending from the Raiderettes, the Oakland Raiders have voluntarily agreed to pay  their cheerleaders the equivalent of minimum wage for the first time ever. Between rehearsals, charity events and games, the Raiderettes will now earn \$3,000 over the course of the season. This somewhat paltry number made me wonder how long it takes for other NFL employees to earn that amount. Let's find out:

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO MAKE \$3000 IN THE NFL

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MASCOT
2.5 weeks
The minimum salary for an NFL mascot is \$23,000 per year. Assuming they only get paid for the 17 weeks of football season (and that all the work they do occurs during that time), the lowest-paid mascot in the league makes \$3000 in 2.5 weeks.

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3.5 days
The minimum salary for a practice squad player is \$6000 per week. That means they make \$3000 in 3.5 days.

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SEAN PAYTON (COACH, SAINTS)
8.5 hours
Sean Payton is currently the second-highest paid coach in the NFL at \$7.5 million per year. If he works 365 days a year, 24-hours a day (which some coaches have insinuated they do), he makes \$3000 in 8.5 hours.

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JAY CUTLER (QB, CHICAGO BEARS)
10 seconds
Cutler's newest contract averages him \$18 million per season. If we're just talking about game minutes, Cutler out-earns a cheerleader in 10 seconds. Or, more conservatively, if you calculate 17 weeks in the season, during which time everything he does (including practices, appearances, and sleep) counts as billable hours, he makes \$3000 in 28 minutes.

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ROGER GOODELL (COMMISSIONER)
13 minutes
Goodell makes \$44.2 million per year. Assuming a 60-hour work week, he out-earns a cheerleader in 13 minutes.