NFL Cheerleaders Earn Less Than Fast Food Workers

On the eve of the 2016 Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, paltry pay for NFL cheerleaders remains an ongoing issue.

The SMNTY Index: Football

Women are bigger fans of American football than ever before, making up 20 percent of fantasy football players and 44 percent of the sport's dedicated audience. Those numbers and the long history of female football fandom are especially notable considering the closest they can get to an NFL huddle is either cheering or flagging down coaches on the sidelines.

Stuck on the Sidelines

During the Super Bowl, the only women on the football fields will be on the sidelines. Cristen and Caroline highlight historical landmarks of women in sports journalism and American football's troubling tradition of relegating women reporters to the sidelines to serve as on-camera "eye candy."

Meet the NFL's Probably-Soon-to-Be 1st Female Ref