NFL asks performers to pay for Super Bowl halftime gig

The NFL has reportedly asked some of the big musical acts under consideration to play at next year's Super Bowl to pay the league to take the stage. According the Wall Street Journal, the league has notified Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay that they are being considered to perform at the Super Bowl 49 halftime show next February. It goes on to say it wanted the artists to either give a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour proceeds to the league or make some type of financial contribution in exchange for being offered the show.

The Journal reports that the artists are not happy with the leagues' request. The NFL doesn't pay the halftime acts directly, but they do usually pay for the performers travel and production expenses.

Despite not being paid, the artists do usually get a big boost in music and concert ticket sales after the Super Bowl. Last year, performer Bruno Mars saw a jump in album sales of 164 percent in the week following his halftime performance.

The halftime act for next year's game in Glendale, Arizona has reportedly not been decided yet.
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