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NFL sought potential payment from Super Bowl halftime show musicians

LOS ANGELES - The National Football League has in some cases inquired about the possibility of having the musicians who might play the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX pay for the privilege of doing so, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said Tuesday that the NFL asked representatives of Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna if they would be willing to make some sort of financial contribution to the League in exchange for their appearance, citing people familiar with the matter. One potential scenario involved the artist contributing some portion of post-Super Bowl tour income to the NFL. The artists gave the ideas a "chilly reception," the paper reported.

Reps for the National Football League did not respond immediately to emailed queries seeking comment.

Super Bowl XLIX is slated to take place near Phoenix on Feb. 1. NBC will telecast the game. Pepsi is the sponsor of the halftime show. A Pepsi spokeswoman told the paper the company is not involved in the signing of talent for the event.

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