U.S. Labor Department Rejects Raiderettes Wage Claim — Raiders begin Off-Season Program in Few Weeks — RB Jeremy Stewart re-Signed — Agents take: Raiders better in 2014 — Latest Sports Illustrated Mock Draft has Clowney to Raiders, McKenzie gets up-close look

 

Labor Dept. Rejects NFL Cheerleaders’ Request for Minimum Wage Protection  (ALLGOV.com)…Contending their employer pays them less than the California minimum wage, the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders went to the U.S. Department of Labor for help. But the agency rejected their claim, saying the Raiders are a “seasonal” business, which means it operates no more than seven months a year. That status gives the team an exemption from minimum wage and overtime regulations. The cheerleaders are not paid hourly, but an annual sum of $1,250. The Raiderettes determined that the hours they are required to work before, during and after games, including special events and team promotions, results in their wages averaging out to $5 an hour, $3 an hour less than what’s required under California law. Also, the money they receive is not paid out every two weeks, they said. Instead, it is paid in one lump sum after the conclusion of the football season. (read more)

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The U.S. Government Says NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Deserve Minimum Wage — Here’s Why (PolicyMic)

Just Cheer, Baby  (by Amanda Hess, ESPN The Magazine)…Fed up with working long hours for meager wages, a Raiderette named LACY T. recently filed a lawsuit in search of fair pay. She might just end up changing the system. …ON JAN. 22, Lacy T.’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court alleging that the Raiders fail to pay their cheerleaders minimum wage for all hours worked, withhold pay until the end of the season, require cheerleaders to cover their own business expenses, don’t provide lunch breaks and impose fines for minor infractions — all of which, according to the suit, constitute violations of the California Labor Code. (read more)

Raiders Offseason Workout Dates Announced  (Raiders.com)…The NFL released the teams’ offseason workout program dates Thursday afternoon. The Oakland Raiders will begin their three-phase, nine-week off-season program in just a few weeks. Here are the dates for the Silver and Black:

  • Start Date: April 22
  • OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12
  • Mandatory Mini-Camp: June 17-19

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Raiders re-sign RB Jeremy Stewart  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)…The Raiders re-signed running back Jeremy Stewart on Wednesday afternoon, an expected transaction given the player’s status as an exclusive-rights free agent. If he didn’t sign the one-year tender offered by the team a few weeks back, Stewart wouldn’t have been allowed to sign with another team. Stewart, a Stanford alum, was a valued special teams player over the past two seasons. He has 27 carries for 103 rushing yards in 17 professional games. (read more)

Agent’s Take: Examining how the Raiders have spent their offseason  (by Joel Corry, CBS Sports.com)…OUTLOOK: Oakland should be more competitive in 2014 because of the roster additions. The newcomers should be motivated to play well and have something to prove since they are mostly castoffs from other teams. The upgrade in talent also gives McKenzie flexibility with the draft, which is crucial since the Raiders are short on younger talent. (read more)

Who’s shaping the Raiders’ future?  (by Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News)…If you’re an owner and you think [Jon] Gruden is relatively intrigued by the prospect and you know what kind of electric-shock a Gruden return would give the Raiders’ fan base (and the NFL at-large), and . . . Maybe you thought about trying to hire him back in January and Gruden either told you “no thanks” or “not yet” but he didn’t say “never ever” . . . You want to improve your franchise generally to A) be better and B) be more attractive to super-candidates like . . . well, just like Jon Gruden. (read more)

PFT Live: Dismal offseason continues for Raiders  (by Scott Bair & Mike Florio)…Raiders’ insider Scott Bair joins Mike Florio to discuss Oakland’s pursuit of DeSean Jackson and to talk about who the Raiders might target with the rest of their cap space. (read more)

McKenzie gets up-close look at Clowney  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was among a slew of NFL front-office personnel and coaches in attendance Wednesday for the pro day of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 5 pick in the draft, which begins May 8. McKenzie hasn’t said what direction the Raiders are leaning in terms of which player they covet most or which position they intend to target in the first round. (read more)

2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Johnny Manziel shoots to No. 1 after impressive pro day  (by Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated)…5. Oakland Raiders: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina — Clowney’s pro day this week will go a ways in determining his professional future (a loooong way in the minds of some!), though not as much as it might were he a quarterback. What the Raiders have at this point is a bunch of older players they signed in the recent free agency period, and a need to make a serious splash in the draft. It’s entirely possible that Oakland would overlook the alleged effort concerns with Clowney (which I believe to be more related to technique; Clowney frequently gives great effort but doesn’t have the array of hand and foot moves needed to bring more consistent pressure) and pull the trigger on a player that could help their defense a great deal from multiple gaps. (read more)

Maurice Jones-Drew thinks Matt Schaub can lead Raiders to Super Bowl  (by Josh Sanchez, Sports Illustrated)…“You can definitely [make the Super Bowl with Matt Schaub at quarterback],” Jones-Drew said during an interview on Sirius’ Mad Dog Sports Radio. “[Schaub] has something to prove this year. I know Matt Schaub is a guy who can lead us.” (read more)

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MJD: Matt Schaub can get Raiders to Super Bowl (NFL Network)

 

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