While we are not exactly interested in covering the sports side of the Super Bowl, there is one thing that you have to remember: This is the biggest TV event of the entire year, and there are few things bigger than the annual halftime show. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watch this, and it is always a spectacle.
However, the NFL is doing something very controversial this year in potentially instituting a pay-to-play model for artists performing this show. Given all the revenue and attention that a star gets at the halftime show, they want their own piece of that pie. Basically, they want a star to give them some of their touring income if they want to be a part of the show.
Katy Perry is one of the rumored artists for this show, but today during an interview on ESPN’s “College Gameday,” she made one thing very clear: She’s not going to pay her way to being on the show. We imagine that many artists may be in her camp, which is why there is no announced performer for the NBC telecast right now. The NFL may not be budging, and stars may not, either. They likely feel like getting on this show is an achievement, and something that they’ve earned. They don’t want to have to surrender anything in order to be a part of this.
Super Bowl XLIX will take place on February 1, 2015, and we’re sure that we are going to have more news on this subject pretty soon. We feel like the NFL will give in here eventually; they want the biggest stars on the planet, and they make a ton of money for this in the first place.
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