New York Jets cheerleaders are interviewed during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.,, Jan. 28, 2014. (Reuters)
In interviews with dozens of current and former cheerleaders — most from the N.F.L., but also from the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. — they described systematic exploitation by teams that profit by sending them into pregame tailgating and other gatherings where they are subjected to offensive sexual comments and unwanted touches by fans.