REPORT: NFL WANTS COLDPLAY, KATY PERRY, RIHANNA TO PAY TO PLAY SUPER BOWL
Want to play at 2015's Super Bowl Halftime Show? The National Football League is apparently saying "show me the money" to its three finalists, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has asked all three if they would be willing to either pay an undetermined amount of money up front to the organization or give it a portion of their earnings from post-Super Bowl touring in exchange for a slot on the show. Sources said that the suggestion "got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives."
The NFL doesn't usually pay artists to perform during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, but does pick up travel and production expenses.
While the Halftime Show has grown in popularity from year to year, it's hard to say whether an appearance would have a direct impact on, say, ticket sales for either Coldplay or the two pop divas, all of whom have been doing brisk business on the road for years.
This year's performance with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drew 115.3 million viewers, while less -- 112.2 million -- actually watched the game.
An NFL spokesperson had no comment on the matter other than to say that the NFL's contracts with artists are confidential. Super Bowl XLIX will take place outside of Phoenix on February 1st, 2015.
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