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NFL Requests Payment from Candidates for Super Bowl Halftime Show

(Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

(WGGB) — For years, artists performing during the halftime of the Super Bowl have not been paid for their performance, due to the overwhelming exposure it provides. Now, the NFL is taking that logic even further.

The league has issued a request to at least some of the final candidates for the 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona that they pay the league for the chance to perform, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The potential list of performers has been narrowed down to Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay. A recent report shows that some of those artists have been asked to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income or make another monetary contribution.

An NFL spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the payment would help the league put on the “best possible show.”

While the league doesn’t usually pay performers, they do cover the artists’ travel and show production costs, which often run into the millions of dollars. The league has not specified how much money they’re seeking.

Last February’s Super Bowl halftime show featured Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who performed for a peak of 115.3 million television viewers. With the NFL only becoming more popular by the year, the potential benefits of that exposure means higher record sales and tour attendance for the performers.

However, the reported request has received a cold reception thus far. The league has not said when they’ll settle on the performers for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.


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