The 411 Douchebag of the Week: The National Football League
Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz on 08.24.2014
Yeah, because the NFL doesn’t make enough money now.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The 411 Douchebag of the Week. I'm Bryan Kristopowitz. I'm still pissed off about cable channel FXX cancelling both Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Legit but I have been enjoying its The Simpson's marathon. I didn't think I would participate but the prospect of endless The Simpson's was just too good to pass up, especially with the earlier seasons (the later seasons are good and funny, especially the last few seasons, but, yes, the middle seasons are more hit and miss than the early seasons). Will FXX do this again next summer? Will TBS do this for Family Guy one day?
And now, onto this week's Douchebag of the Week.
This week, The 411 Douchebag of the Week goes to the National Football League, for proposing that the musical act at the upcoming Superbowl pay the NFL either a percentage of its after Superbowl tour profits or an "upfront fee." As reported by NBC Sports (which got it from The Wall Street Journal), the NFL recently asked Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay about the payment/fee, to see which one of the top acts said yes. As of this writing Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay have all told the NFL that they're less than enthusiastic about the proposal.
Now, up until this proposal the Superbowl halftime musical act has appeared free of charge; the NFL didn't pay the musical act and the musical act didn't pay the NFL. Each side used the other one to gain viewers and exposure. And it's been a mega successful arrangement as the Superbowl is the most watched show on TV every year and the halftime show, along with the commercials, is a big draw. So why change things now?
Why else? Greed. Relentless, uncompromising greed. You would think that the money machine that is the NFL would just leave things alone and keep the steady money rolling in. Why change something that works perfectly? Again, greed. And that's just terrible. And possibly a form of extortion.