What could possibly be worse for die-hard fans than bandwagon fans arriving when your team does well? How about fans that are paid to cheer for your team? That's right: in honorable tradition of the Hessians who fought in the Revolutionary War, there are now mercenary sports fans.
As Conde Nast Portfolio notes, Cameron Hughes is paid handsomely by team owners to don a jersey and whip up support for the team.
Baseball teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers pay him an average of $2,000 a game to do his thing, as do N.B.A. teams like the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans Hornets and N.H.L. teams like the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. All told, he works about 80 to 90 major- and minor-league games a year, and difficult as it may be to believe, Hughes makes a comfortable six-figure salary just by being a crazy sports fan.
"I basically just play myself," says the 36-year-old Ottawa native. "It's just amazing when you put on a team jersey that people are loyal to, how much they'll cheer you and how much they'll support you."
"Yeah, I just play myself — you know, a high-priced cheering whore." Actually, that's not fair. Say what you will about hookers, at least they have principles.
(thanks to Mike for the tip; Cameron Hughes website)