Report: Raiders Sued By Cheerleaders
The lawsuit filed on Jan. 22, 2014 in Alameda County Superior Court alleges that the organization withholds all pay from Raiderettes until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces the cheerleaders to pay many of their own business expenses.
According to the filing, Raiders cheerleaders are paid $1,250 per season, which amounts to less than $5 per hour for the time they spend rehearsing, performing and appearing at events for which they are not compensated.
Home — Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers.
Away — Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers will play a regular-season game against the Raiders in Oakland for the first time since the 2002 season.
The Raiders have only seven regular-season home games next season because the Oakland-Miami game will be played at London's Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28 as part of the 2014 NFL International Series.
Caught In A Draft
Reece Gets Pro Bowl Honor
The NFL reportedly combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players. The other two players are long-snappers selected by Pro Bowl coaches.
Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu. The all-star game will be televised live by NBC at 7 p.m. (Eastern). Reece was named to Team Sanders on Jan. 22.
Players reportedly on the winning Pro Bowl team will earn $53,000 while the losers will get $26,000 under the collective bargaining agreement.
The other 2014 regular-season games in London are the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Dallas Cowboys and the Falcons against the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders-Dolphins game will be Sept. 28, the league announced Nov. 28.
Oakland, Jacksonville and Atlanta are the designated home teams in next season's London games.
“We are excited and embrace this great opportunity to assist in building NFL popularity worldwide,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement released by the team on Oct. 8. “The Raiders are truly a global brand and we are looking forward to our home-field advantage at the new Wembley Stadium.”
The Raiders lost 17-10 to the New Orleans Saints in a 1990 exhibition game in London.
The Dolphins return to London after losing to the New York Giants 13-10 in 2007 in the first game of the current series.
AFL Lives On
Along with the Raiders, the other seven AFL originals are:
Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots), Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) Chiefs, New York Titans (now New York Jets) and Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego Chargers).
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