Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Jills cheerleaders perform during a stoppage in play during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23 to 21. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills (Jills): Cheerleaders on Their Way Out!

Recently, 5 of the Buffalo Jills came to sue the Buffalo Bills.  The suit states that the Bills were not following the New York State Minimum Wage laws.

Mike Florio reported that…

…the lawsuit claims that the Bills and two outside companies that manage the Jills (Citadel Communications Company and Stejon Productions Company) failed to reimburse the Jills for certain business expenses, failed to pay them in a timely manner, took unlawful “deductions and kick-backs” from the wages, and unlawfully took gratuities paid to the Jills.

Because of the lawsuit, the Jills are technically out of business at this point.

The NFL has made no comment on the proliferation of cheerleaders.

“We do not have a comment on these team litigation issues,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said “We are following developments.”

Is this the end of cheerleaders in the NFL?  At least for now and for three teams, the Bills, Raiders, and Bengals, it looks that way.  It has been stated that the Bills are paying in accordance to the Minimum Wage laws in NYS, at this point, and that the cheerleaders are being paid for their time that they do spend at their job.

It will be interesting to see how long this is drawn out and if it has a direct effect on the sale of the Bills at this point and if there will be cheerleaders on the field week 2 of the season against the Dolphins.

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