Ah, the life of an NBA dancer: the glamour, the glitz, the glory. Sadly, in terms of recompense those are the only g's a dancer is likely to see. An informal SI survey found that pay for the NBA's hardwood heroines is pedestrian at best
At the high end of the scale are the big-market dance squads. The Knicks City Dancers make a relatively lofty $150 a game, and the Nets' Power N' Motion pull down a comparable $120. The Laker Girls (above), by comparison, are a steal at $85 a game.
On the other end is Portland. The BlazerDancers work for minimum wage: $6.50 an hour. With practice and warmup time included, that comes to roughly $40 a night. But there are perks: one guest ticket a game and free parking.
So what's all the cheering about? Appearance fees. NBA dancers can rake in big booty for shaking their booties at parties, p.r. events and other functions. Indiana's Pacemates, for example, earn $45 a game but command as much as $60 an hour for outside engagements. Similarly, Philadelphia's Sixers Dance Team doesn't have to fret too much about the $65 its members make per game, since they charge as much as $150 an hour in appearance fees. Even the oppressed BlazerDancers make $50 an hour for off-court functions. Something to think about when booking entertainment for your Christmas party.