NFL Already Worried About Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show

Feb 26th, 2007 // 18 Comments

The NFL is apparently figuring that there’s only one way to top this year’s completely epic performance by Prince at this year’s Super Bowl, and that’s to bring in The Boss. From Variety:

Bruce Springsteen and Norah Jones are at the top of the list. The NFL is hoping the recent successes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney can be used as leverage to bring in the Boss while Jones would be ideal to sing the National Anthem during the pregame ceremonies, according to NFL VP of programming Charles Coplin.

The league is starting to approach performers “earlier than ever before in our history,” said Coplin. “The music business is going through some hard times. Performers care deeply about their album sales, and an appearance on the Super Bowl can move the needle dramatically.”

Coplin points to the sales that followed Prince’s performance at this year’s Super Bowl. His overall album sales in the follow-ing week more than doubled to 31,000 and his digital downloads rose to 102,000 from 59,000.

While we’re pretty sure that a performance by Springsteen would be nearly as epic as Prince’s (maybe he can throw in a cover of “Big Me,” just for good measure?), we have to wonder just what the NFL would decide to do for the next Super Bowl, because the “how-can-you-top-that” Monday morning chatter will surely be in full force should the Boss play. Clearly, the only solution to that speculation is the announcement of an endless U2/Prince/Springsteen cycle until at least Super Bowl L, when the downgrading of expectations from “extra large” to merely “large” will usher in an era where the 3-D Elvis concept becomes acceptable once again.

Inside Move: NFL on star search [Variety]

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  1. NickEddy

    Simultaneously, the Hold Steady can play some Ultimate Fighting event intermission in Naperville, IL.

  2. lorne bialystok

    If Norah Jones followed Springsteen, that’d be like a musical speedball.

  3. lorne bialystok

    Norah Jones after Sprinsteen? That’s a musical speedball.

  4. lorne bialystok

    Sorry, it takes forever for a comment to load (thus the double posting).

  5. B

    I’m still hoping for Public Enemy.

  6. Mick Kraut

    Could not be worse then those crap ones before the wardrobe malfunction…

    N*Sync, Britney, Nelly and Aerosmith all on one stage…ugh…

    Here’s a thought, how about no halftime show? the league plays 522 other games without anything, why suddenly do they need one for this game?

  7. JackieTreehorn

    Bring back the Bud Bowl.

  8. kiteless

    I hope Springsteen plays some of his new songs, like Antichrist Television Blues.

  9. Schmitty

    makes perfect sense, when I think football, naturally I think Norah Jones

  10. drjimmy11

    I would be shocked if Springsteen even considered it.

    He wasn’t thrilled when Reagan tried to appropriate “Born in the USA,” so I doubt he wants to associate himself with all the “yay America! our troops are awesome!!1!1!1!1″ bs that goes with the NFL in general and the Super Bowl in particular.

    They are a rare breed, but there are still a few rock stars who can’t be bought.

  11. KurticusMaximus

    Dr. Jimmy- We was opposed to the use of “Born In The USA” because the song is overtly anti-Vietnam. It’s obviously inappropriate to use it to run for president.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if The Boss said no because of the amount of control the NFL must use on their performers, but I don’t think his political views on Iraq would really enter into it.

    The question is, can the E Street Band play too? Because if not, there’s just no point. But if so, then they better play Thunder Road, and not the lame folksy cover they always do live. Then I could die happy.

  12. radiofree

    You forgot the best part of the article. The NFL, it states, doesn’t pay the performers. However, based on the amount of time they are allotted to play times the amount a 30 second commercial sells for, the NFL is essentially — and again, this if from them, not from me — giving them $60 million worth of airtime.

    Does the artist have to report that to the I.R.S.?

  13. AcidReign

    …..Prince was excellent! On the other hand, if they schedule Springsteen, I will have a good chunk of time in which to fix more drinks and snacks.

  14. Come a little Miroslav Klose You're My Kind of Man

    I would humbly suggest the Bastard Sons of Woody Hayes f/k/a Dead Schembechlers. Then, for the finale of the halftime performance, a full-orchestra performance of “1812 Overture”, with the BSoWH joined by the Washington Redskins Marching Band, & the cannon from AC/DC’s For those about to rock….

  15. FionaScrapple

    King Diamond is the logical choice.

    GRANDMA!!!!

  16. Anonymous

    Prince is the man BUT so is Tom Petty…

    I received an email from Tom Petty’s web site today that says “TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS XLII232008 very special announcement 120207″

    and that is it. So obviously nothing official but pretty obvious

  17. I Recognize Christ CHRIST

  18. I was planning to write about this issue but you’re faster then me.

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