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NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performers to pay them?

By Reva Friedel
Awful Announcing

The Super Bowl halftime show has been quite the hot topic ever since Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 contest. Since then, the NFL has picked its performers with kiddie gloves and added double sided tape to the list of wardrobe requirements. Well, now the league is adding something new: pay it forward.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is asking the three finalists for the next halftime show to donate post Super Bowl earnings to the league. The finalists include Coldplay (is it still 2005?), Rihanna (would she be sober enough to care?) and Katy Perry (can she trick Russell Brand into paying for her?).

The performers do it for free because of the exposure (literally and figuratively of course), but it's not like the NFL doesn't already have enough money. Why are they asking for more? Pro Football Talk makes an interesting point:

"And it's entirely possible that the league leaked the development in order to pressure one of the three to blink, given that plenty of other performers who would gladly give up a piece of a pie they otherwise don't have will now be calling the league to offer whatever the league wants for the privilege of playing to one of the biggest audiences in TV history."

NFL Asks Musicians to Pay for Super Bowl Halftime Show Spot

So, like, maybe Fountains of Wayne could pay to play Stacy's Mom for 12 minutes in a row and then rev-share the resurgence of album sales with the NFL afterwards?

But why does the NFL need the extra money? So Roger Goodell can get a pay increase per penalty flag this year? This is just pure greed from the No Fun League.

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rbjrjr August 20 2014 at 1:53 PM

Wow. 'Love to see the performers boycott. That'd be fun.

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onionson August 20 2014 at 1:55 PM

Maybe The NFL should pay us to watch the game and commercials.

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myroguisheyes August 20 2014 at 1:54 PM

It would serve the NFL right if no one signed on. Many of the celebrities they want could easily pull a very profitable gig, even on that night, instead of volunteering their services.

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magcom2 August 20 2014 at 2:14 PM

Outrageous. Love to see the performers boycott.

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HI BEAUTIFUL magcom2 August 20 2014 at 3:11 PM

Ditto !!!! Better yet, have a benefit preformance on another station and cut into the football game.

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rohrscheibcroh HI BEAUTIFUL August 20 2014 at 3:17 PM

h I want a see the game an would depend on the benefit

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nchscleve HI BEAUTIFUL August 20 2014 at 4:44 PM

Yeah, because today's performers are so talented and entertaining. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Give me football any day.

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calderasf magcom2 August 20 2014 at 5:31 PM

They could each other $1 to NFL

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Captain Jack August 20 2014 at 1:52 PM

what ever happen to college marching bands playing at football games

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delstv August 20 2014 at 1:59 PM

I think *I* should be paid to have to listen to any of those "performers"...

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Wright Family delstv August 20 2014 at 2:47 PM

Stop complaining about something you have the power to not watch and turn off.

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Velocity105 August 20 2014 at 2:01 PM

This is surprising? When all of you who don't know this already finally get around to realizing it then this will never surprise you again...it's all about MONEY. It's all about GREED. Money makes those who have want more and changes those that don't have it into monsters if necessary to get it.

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debnaert August 20 2014 at 1:55 PM

About time! It's so horrible anyway to have to listen to this RAP CRAP! We are so sick of listening to their jungle music .... and their morbid sick lyrics! That's because the NBA and the NFL are almost segregated teams.

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jacks_sam August 20 2014 at 2:19 PM

Great way to keep top performers off the stage. Way-to go knuckleheads.

I think Pee Wee Herman is interested.

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rohrscheibcroh jacks_sam August 20 2014 at 3:17 PM

wow didn't know he could sing

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jdsept jacks_sam August 20 2014 at 3:36 PM

Katy Perry seems to interested. Is she a successful top performer/ It is exposure to the biggest TV audience of the year and is very valuable to any performer. The numerous who have performed have been top and very successful performers who don't need the money actually but want more exposure.

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kidn2gethr August 20 2014 at 2:19 PM

wow. boycott the halftime show and ads. There is a musician's adage...when asked to play for free in exchange for exposure...."you can die from exposure". OK, so market forces are in play, but geez!!! this is obscene power broking. A reason not to watch.

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HI BEAUTIFUL kidn2gethr August 20 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yup !!!

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