The Acronym NFL Does Mean Not For Long In The Case Of Pay To Play
Uh, it's beginning to look like Katy Perry, Coldplay, Rihanna, or any other artist the NFL desires to play their halftime show won't have to pay for the privilege.
The Wall Street Journal was to first to report, the Nfl had approached the aforementioned acts and offered them a chance to perform with the caveat they pay the NFL some of their future earnings. Deadline is reporting several unions have gone on record to condemn the plan.
The AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees and the American Federation of Musicians are both against the idea of "pay to play," Deadline reports. “No one should ever pay to work. No organization should ever get a kickback from a worker they employ,” said the AFL-CIO in a statement.
“The Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, its affiliates in the entertainment industry, and the other unions, 22 in all, will stand with the AFM in condemning and will fight back against any attempts to make workers pay to perform,” the group added.
Traditionally, the NFL does not pay its halftime performers, since the publicity an act gets from the gig is ostensibly worth more than any fee they could command. This year's halftime performer, Bruno Mars, attracted more viewers than the actual game did.
Previously, the president of the AFM told Deadline, "It’s not like the NFL and its Super Bowl organizers don’t have any money and can’t afford to pay for halftime show performances; it’s about the insatiable thirst for profits at the expense of great musical entertainment and those who create it."
He added, "You can find kickback schemes like this coming from unscrupulous bar and nightclub owners, but for the NFL to descend to such depths would be unconscionable.”