Yes, this is a rumor, but it’s a doozy. According to the Wall Street Journal (via Slashgear, because none of us pay for the Journal) “sources familiar with the matter” have confirmed that 3 acts that are in the running to host the Super Bowl, none of whom are named “Weird Al” Yankovic, have all been approached by the NFL and asked to either donate a portion of their post-halftime show tour earnings or pay up front for the privilege to perform. In addition to the fact that this would totally decimate your favorite unsigned indie alt-core band’s hopes for landing the gig, it raises the question of whether or not the halftime show could end up going to the highest bidder in the future. Could Shad Khan, in retaliation for a terrible season, ruin the Super Bowl Halftime show by buying it and then getting that one magician to perform again? Perhaps more chillingly, Sarah Sprague brought up the fact that this could pave the way for Donald Trump buying all the rights to the show. Funny enough, as soon as she sent that realization out, a massive flash thunderstorm hit Chicago.
But the worst news of all is somewhat buried by the pay-to-play rumor. Apparently the NFL is actively courting Coldplay, thinking they would be a good choice to host the Super Bowl Halftime Show.