NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performers to pay them?
Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Bruno Mars, left, performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
From left, Recording artists Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child perform at Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Madonna performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo Roger Daltrey, left, Zak Starkey, center, and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
** FILE ** In this Feb. 1, 2009 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, left, and Steven Van Zandt, of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, perform at halftime at the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)
Tom Petty performs with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, during halftime of the Super Bowl XLII football game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones at halftime of the Super Bowl XL football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. In the background is drummer Charlie Watts. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Paul McCartney acknowleges the crowd during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performs during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Singer Shania Twain entertains during the halftime extravaganza as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers met the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Bono, lead singer of the band U2, performs during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler performS during the pregame show before Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Tina Turner, center, entertains the crowd in the Georgia Dome before the start of Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, Sunday Jan.30, 2000. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
By Reva Friedel
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."
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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