According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is being a real big jerk to the musical artists that have been selected as finalists to land this year's Super Bowl halftime gig. The league, seemingly unable to understand how concerts work, is asking the artists to pay money in order to play the show.
From the WSJ:
The NFL has narrowed down the list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay, these people said. While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.
There's a lot going on here, but I think the fact that it looks like only "some" of the acts were asked to fork over cash is worth noting. There is a 99 percent chance that the NFL was too chickenshit to ask Rihanna for a cut.