While searching Portfolio for the recent article about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, I stumbled into this article about superfan Cameron Hughes.? He’s paid by team owners to whip the fans into a frenzy during the games.
Teams like Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and numerous minor-league teams pay him on average $2,000 to show up and rile up the crowd.? Which could mean anything from dancing with old ladies to screaming his lungs out to spinning his shirt wildly in the air.
In other words, Cameron Hughes is the guy everyone hates at sporting events and he’s getting paid two grand to be there.? Do the math, but by Hughes’s estimates he works about 80 to 90 games a year to bring in a very comfortable six-figure salary.? All because he’s the annoying “drunk” guy at your teams sporting event.
“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.”
Not surprisingly, Hughes started out in L.A. trying to be an actor and ended up doing something else, fortunately it wasn’t porn.? He booked some gigs through a specialized agent and then word of mouth spread and he’s been booking gigs ever since.
“It’s not just a job, it’s something I live to do, so I get antsy sitting in the dugout,” says Hughes.
It almost goes without saying that these teams are wasting their money.? For the cost of two tickets, teams could probably find their own local superfans and have them attend the game for the same effect.