NFL denies formally offering Adele the Super Bowl halftime show

AP

The last time the NFL denied a claim made by someone not connected to the league, Donald Trump quickly backed down regarding his claim that the league sent a letter expressing concern about the scheduling of two of the three presidential debates. This time around, it’s unlikely that the person whose version of events the league is disputing will cry “Uncle.”

Adele recently told an audience at one of her shows that the league offered her the Super Bowl halftime gig, and that she declined. The NFL and Pepsi, which undoubtedly pays many millions for the privilege of attaching its name to the event, issued a joint statement denying the claim.

Sort of.

“The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele,” the league and the soda giant said, via Billboard.com. “We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.”

The key words in the carefully-crafted release are these: “Formal offer.” This means that an informal offer was made and rejected, eliminating the need for a formal letter or other communication aimed at reducing the terms to writing with an expectation of a formal acceptance by Adele.

94 responses to “NFL denies formally offering Adele the Super Bowl halftime show

  1. The NFL is obviously denying it because they don’t want other artists to know they were their first choice.

  2. Does this mean Brady gets suspended for another 4 games?

    Apparently the NFL has never been wrong about anything at anytime, anywhere throughout the known history of the world.

  3. I wonder how much money they had to pay one of their lawyers to issue this non-denial denial.

  4. A quick quiz. If you believe Adele, thumbs up. If you believe the NFL, thumbs down. Let’s see what Roger and the cabal have wraught.

  5. Petty as can be. The league tries to control the narrative on everything. It must drive them nuts that they need Adele way more than she needs the nfl.

  6. The collection of scum running the league can’t even admit they were turned down for something.

    SMH

    What a collection of arrogant vermin.

  7. It’s Monday morning. There’s a story about Tim Tebow selling baseball merchandise. A story about the Super Bowl losing QB. And a story about next Super Bowl halftime show. But after relentless talk about the Broncos QB situation all offseason and how yhe Broncos will fail because Manning retired and we let Osweiler get away. And afterbcontinuous in game and after game updates on Sanchez and Siemian, I can’t believe we haven’t heard barely a peep about $72 million debut of Osweiler, the Texans savior.

    No comment on a 4-7 27 yd performance? No article about 0 third down conversions? No dissection of him constant throwing 4 yard passes on 3rd and long? Or on 4 th down throwing short of ghe sticks and incomplete? Broncos are constantly criticized for not overpaying Oz to stay, but we finally get to see him in action and he looks like a rookie. But nothing the next day about it. But keep the magnifying glass on Sanchez who played fine.

  8. As soon as I read that Adele turned them down I knew the NFL would come out saying this trying to save face. Just admit she turned you down NFL. Your not the end-all-be-all. You cant get EVERYTHING you want.

  9. I once asked a girl out for dinner. She said no. But since I didn’t offer her a written proposal her no doesn’t count.

  10. Is it my imagination, or has League office personnel become as pedestrian as they are pernicious?

  11. Instead of Adele, the NFL will have Ashley Manning throw the discus and toss the shot put.

  12. She probably turned it down when she found out the NFL is no longer paying for the gig, and instead is asking for the artists to pay for the “privilege” of performing.

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:13 PM
    I wonder how much money they had to pay one of their lawyers to issue this non-denial denial.

    Do you really? And don’t you think they probably just have lawyers on staff?

  14. The NFL folks handling halftime shows are idiots. This is a football game, with hitting and blood and cursing and stuff. This should be home to loud guitars and ENERGY. For God’s Sake, put together a bill with the Foo Fighters and Muse and let good things happen. Stop trying to make it a damn dance party.

  15. Shotz says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:25 PM
    LMAO!!! Typical NFL.

    Are you really laughing your a– off? Because there’s nothing particularly humorous about the situation

  16. She didn’t break up with me, I broke up with her!

    I can’t wait until Adele starts writing songs about this relationship falling apart!

    “HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIDE! GOODELL OFF-ERED AND I DENIIIIIED!”

  17. Everyone is looking right past the real story… they are asking the likes of ADELE!??!! Seriously…. Nothing I like better than hanging with the bro’s, slamming some cold one’s watching football and…. LISTENING TO FREAKING ADELE!!???

  18. realnflfacts says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:32 PM

    The super bowl halftime show is famous for being bad. The people that do it are showy, not talented.
    ——————–
    Agreed. The Who, Rolling Stones, McCartney, Tom Petty, U2, Springsteen, Prince, Michael Jackson…a bunch of talentless hacks, to be sure.

  19. jdubkc says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:45 PM

    Everyone is looking right past the real story… they are asking the likes of ADELE!??!! Seriously…. Nothing I like better than hanging with the bro’s, slamming some cold one’s watching football and…. LISTENING TO FREAKING ADELE!!???

    ——————————–
    Same could be said of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna……..

    The half time show is for the ladies, not the dudes. GNR would be a great idea though.

  20. bleedingfacemask says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:47 PM

    realnflfacts says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:32 PM

    The super bowl halftime show is famous for being bad. The people that do it are showy, not talented.
    ——————–
    Agreed. The Who, Rolling Stones, McCartney, Tom Petty, U2, Springsteen, Prince, Michael Jackson…a bunch of talentless hacks, to be sure.

    Actually these bands played the HTS about 30 years past their prime (except the pedophile) and I don’t know anyone who enjoyed one of them..

  21. Who I think we will be stuck with: Bieber, Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande

    Who I would prefer:
    Pearl Jam

    My Morning Jacket

    Foo Fighters

    Tom Petty

    Guns N Roses (what clause goes into a contract for a no-show, and how much money do you pay the back-up band in place? I think Axl has got it together for the time being but never know what would happen on the big stage)

  22. “Formally” … They contacted Adele, said “Hey What do you think of playing the SB?”

    Adele: “Are you crazy? I’m a singer not a performer”

    NFL: “Next!”

    We all know they made an inquiry and now they need to go find an actual act that won’t put everyone to sleep for 20 minutes. Adele is like 25 going on 105. I like her in a grandma sort of way. Seriously, she just seems soooo boring.

  23. Yet another smoothly handled deal by Goodell and Company. These guys couldn’t run a lemonade stand without controversy.

  24. Does anyone see what Goodell is doing here?

    Last year Coldplay, this year Adele.

    Stop with the England stuff.
    Stop with NFL in England.

  25. No Adele? No problem. I’m sure Rog has Babs Streisand, Bette Midler, Cher, and a Whitney Houston hologram on speed dial as potential replacements.

  26. If the NFL wants to be “relevant” with a half time show, I’d recommend the Kinks.
    They could do an extended version of “Lola” while bathroom monitors insure everyone’s using the correct facilities.

    Bet that’d get some attention.

  27. The NFL has an image problem in the music community once they started charging musicians to perform. The NFL even wants its share of the gate on musician’s tours. It’s all kind of disgusting and good for Adele in standing up to them. It all has gone downhill since U2 performed in Super Bowl 36.

  28. “Guns N Roses”

    Lol you do know that Axl is infamous for going on often literally 3-4 hours late don’t you ?

    By the time they could get him on stage for “halftime” the game would be over and the stadium empty.

  29. The NFL sounds like THAT GUY in a club who gets shot down by a girl, then comes back bragging about how “ugly” she is.

    Adele turning down the NFL has everything to do with the NFL demand that, not only do the artists work for free but that they pay the NFL for the *privilege* of playing in the Super Bowl. No performer should ever work for free. They work very hard at what they do and have a right to earn a living. I’m not talking about the superstar singer, but all the back up dancers, the stage crew, lighting and sound guys, the choreographers, etc.

    Shame on the NFL.

  30. “Are you really laughing your a– off? Because there’s nothing particularly humorous about the situation”

    Actually its quite humorous that the people running a 10 billion a year business are so insecure that they can’t admit Adele turned them down.

    The arrogance, egotism and stupidity of the owners, Goodell and his cronies, is so enormous they just can’t imagine why every musical artist in the world isn’t falling all over themselves to pay the league so they can play the big halftime show.

    These pathetic and tiny minded little men have largely ruined the league already. Wait till you see the panic if Cuban turns out to be right and fans start doing other things instead of watching the games.

  31. Chris above, nails it.

    They are so desperate to get the NFL into Europe, but without strong investment over there, it cant’ work. This is one of Sheriff Goebbels’s “measurables”, by the way.

    Maybe with Brexit, it becomes even more difficult for the greedy owners to attempt to water down the diehard fan’s product, which is known as the NFL?

    Don’t look now, but this is why the Spygate and Deflategate lies exist as well. Exaggerations or lies to frame the Pats.

    Goodell must get parity back and right now, the Pats have made it a fact that there is no parity.

    Teams know Goodell wants it, hence the opportunity used to smear and punish the Pats, even with proven lies.

  32. This just in:

    Ashlee Simpson has accepted, however the league told her the show will be split with Bruno Mars.

  33. harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 15, 2016 2:36 PM
    “Guns N Roses”

    Lol you do know that Axl is infamous for going on often literally 3-4 hours late don’t you ?

    By the time they could get him on stage for “halftime” the game would be over and the stadium empty.
    ________________________________________
    It aint the 90s anymore old fella

    Axl has been performing on time this year. I imagine it is still too much of a risk for the biggest event of the night for the media

  34. You can bet your total patute that they inquired is she was interested and would have loved to have her and she said no. Thus, no formal request as in a contract was made so they aren’t lying about that. Nor is She about turning them down.

  35. Bring back the marching bands and the Bud Bowl!

    If the NFL insists on being current, twenty one pilots?

  36. I love her looks and her voice. A superb artist. But let’s face it – she just not sleazy enough to headline a SB halftime show.

  37. Sometimes it’s best to say nothing. At some point, you would think the geniuses in the league office would figure that out, you know, with the expensive Ivy League degrees and all….

  38. Chris says:
    Aug 15, 2016 2:09 PM
    Does anyone see what Goodell is doing here?
    Last year Coldplay, this year Adele.
    Stop with the England stuff.
    Stop with NFL in England.

    -tylawspick6 says:
    Aug 15, 2016 2:45 PM
    Chris above, nails it. They are so desperate to get the NFL into Europe…
    ————————–
    Yeah right guys, I thought the same thing when they had The Who, Rolling Stones, McCartney, Sting, Phil Collins… The Brits make good music, and are often happy to use the high-profile opportunity to promote their stuff stateside. Now put your tinfoil hat back on.

  39. “It aint the 90s anymore old fella

    Axl has been performing on time this year. I imagine it is still too much of a risk for the biggest event of the night for the media”

    As recently as last summer it was the case where he was almost always massively late. Friends of mine tour regularly with them as an opening act. Its the only opening act gig out there where you can play as long as you want.

    I know of one instance 2 summers ago where he had not even gotten on the flight from one city in Europe to the city they were playing in at the time GNR was supposed to be going on stage.

  40. The NFL needs to go back to desperate performers who are willing to pay them to play, as well as, use anti-police symbolism. That’s always a hoot!

  41. I always thought Stevie Ray Vaughan playing at a Super Bowl halftime would be unbeatable!! Alas, he is gone so we’ll likely have to settle for junk, not that NFL would have been cool enough for that idea anyway.

  42. Why not ask Brittany Spears NFL? She already lip syncs her concerts just like you have your performers lip sync the Halftime Show. Shes the perfect choice for what you want.

    Its amazing what horses hineys run the NFL

  43. I wish we could quit playing semantics. Of course they never formally offered it to Adele. To do so formally involves a contract.

    I’m certain that the NFL/Pepsi approached Adele’s people to gauge her level of interest, to which she declined.

  44. The memo offering the gig to Adele was the same memo sent to Trump complaining about the debate dates.

  45. Adel can sing better than most, but I really don’t see her as a halftime performer that relies on entertaining a crowd. If you ever saw an Adel concert she basically stands in one place the whole time and does what she does best. Sing. It’s just not very entertaining when you think of halftimes shows…

  46. Like anybody believes Goodell anymore.

    Apparently the Atlanta police department made up a fictitious voice mail that proves somebody at the NFL front office received the Ray Rice tape.

    Apparently the NFL didn’t really intentionally omit 6 years worth of concussion data.

    Apparently the NFL didn’t interfere with CTE research.

    Apparently the NFL didn’t spend over 5 million dollars in an attempt to make people believe science doesn’t apply to ball deflation.

    Ummm … whatever. Different story same old liars.

  47. charger383 says:
    Aug 15, 2016 3:56 PM

    The halftime show and pro bowl have outlived their usefulness
    _________________________________

    It’s almost to the point that the superbowl has outlived its usefulness.

  48. iseek11 says:
    Aug 15, 2016 1:22 PM
    It’s Monday morning. There’s a story about Tim Tebow selling baseball merchandise. A story about the Super Bowl losing QB. And a story about next Super Bowl halftime show. But after relentless talk about the Broncos QB situation all offseason and how yhe Broncos will fail because Manning retired and we let Osweiler get away. And afterbcontinuous in game and after game updates on Sanchez and Siemian, I can’t believe we haven’t heard barely a peep about $72 million debut of Osweiler, the Texans savior.

    No comment on a 4-7 27 yd performance? No article about 0 third down conversions? No dissection of him constant throwing 4 yard passes on 3rd and long? Or on 4 th down throwing short of ghe sticks and incomplete? Broncos are constantly criticized for not overpaying Oz to stay, but we finally get to see him in action and he looks like a rookie. But nothing the next day about it. But keep the magnifying glass on Sanchez who played fine.
    ——————————————————————
    It’s game one of P.R.E.S.E.A.S.O.N. Tap the brakes, stay on topic.

  49. What’s really pitiful is that for a multi-billion dollar organization, they can’t even lie worth a doo-doo.

  50. The real bands, the bands like Metallica & G N R will NEVER answer to the demands of the NFL… Anyone who would play for exposure and NOT have their instruments plugged in … YOU ARE A SELL OUT! Could you imagine them telling Slash he had to play air guitar for 3 or 4 songs? Or James Hetfield?

    I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before… but… A prime reason there probably was no Metallica in SF was for this reason. Metallica are pros and have done special gigs forever, there is no reason they shouldn’t get a shot.

  51. Good for her! No doubt it would have become The Super Bowl Halftime Show starring Adele! Featuring Bruno Mars, Guns n’ Roses, and Demi Lovato! With special appearances by Elton John and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

    Besides, Adele doesn’t lip synch, which is now a SB halftime mandate.

  52. It’s football. Why would anyone want watch a game while listening to a woman who has it made complain? I’d still be married if I enjoyed that.

  53. That’s the old Al Davis move right there. Whenever a coach turned him down they were never offered the job…. haha
    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

  54. Raider Rob

    Take off the face paint and spikes on your shoulders. Like most Raider trash you are pushing 60. Worst team in NFL for past 15 years. Nice 50,000 seat stadium with tarp. FM radio? Embarrassing!

    Go Niners

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