Now, this, my friends, is chutzpah with a capital “C”.
Rihanna, Katy Perry, or Coldplay might be doing the Super Bowl halftime show this year—that is, if they’re willing to pay up. According to The Wall Street Journal, the NFL has narrowed down its list of potential performers for the 2015 gig to those three candidates, though it’s also asking “at least some of the acts” if they’d be willing to pay the league for the privilege of playing the halftime show—something that’s absolutely insane, but not 100 percent unreasonable, considering how many people actually watch the performance. Alternately (and this is where it gets wacky), they should “be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league.” [Emphasis added.]
As Eric Loomis wonders, it’s not that far from there to asking for a cut of their players’ promotional deals.
It strikes me that Steve Patterson is missing the boat on this one. The NFL should inspire him. Instead of drawing a firm line in the sand against student-athlete compensation, he ought to insist on paying college players a little something now in return for a piece of their future earnings. See how much Johnny Football winds up liking them apples!