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Report: NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performer to pay to play

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed during last season's halftime show. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed during last season's halftime show.

The NFL has asked potential acts to consider paying for the right to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show, The Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp reports.

According to the report, the NFL has focused its attention on Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay as potential performers for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in Glendale, Ariz.

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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.

Last season, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars performed at halftime, drawing 115.3 million viewers.

The NFL declined to discuss contracts with performers and said it would make an announcement once a deal is finalized, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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