The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn’t mean it’s made of money. Do you know how much the League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artists for the privilege of playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The League already doesn’t pay its halftime performers, but it’s got a new scheme in mind. The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL reps have narrowed their wish-list of possible Super Bowl performers down to three candidates — Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna — and they’ve reached out to the artists to ask whether they’d be willing to contribute some of their post-Super Bowl tour money to the League, or to make “some other type of financial contribution.”
The Journal also reports that the artists’ reps gave that suggestion “a chilly reception.” If the NFL is really that hard-up for cash, though, I would personally pay $5 to watch Rihanna hit NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with her death-stare for at least 60 seconds.