As the NFL narrows down the list of potential halftime show performers for Super Bowl 49, it appears the league wants recording artists to pay for the opportunity.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has asked the representatives for Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay if their clients would agree to contribute "a portion" of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league as part of the deal for performing during the highly-coveted halftime show.

This so-called pay-to-play proposal received a cold response from the artists' reps.

A spokeswoman for the NFL said the league's contracts with performers are confidential, and their goal is "to put on the best show possible".

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