What a Week 14 this past weekend in NFL football! We had some upsets and some injuries which all have impacted playoff odds. However, today we are going to focus more on Superbowl 2018’s half-time show rather than which teams are expected to advance after the NFL playoffs.
The NFL hasn’t made an official announcement about next year’s Super Bowl performers, but rumors are already circulating that the league is currently negotiating with pop star Justin Timberlake to headline the event.
Timberlake’s last appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show was in 2004, the show in which he infamously ripped off Janet Jackson’s top in what was dubbed “nipplegate.”
In the past, Super Bowl halftime performers have brought other artists on stage with them, but in Timberlake’s case, it has been reported that he isn’t going to have any surprise performers with him, probably to prevent a repeat of the 2004 performance.
However, that is bad news for Timberlake fans that were hoping for a reunion with his former band mates NSYNC, like Beyonce Knowles had with her bandmates Destiny’s Child, when she performed in 2015 during the Super Bowl halftime show.
However, the Super Bowl is still almost four month away, and a lot can happen between now and then.
Last month, there were reports that the NFL was trying to convince rapper Jay-Z to headline the Super Bowl halftime show, but he reportedly turned down the offer because of the way the NFL has treated former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after he opted out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers.
There have been rumors that NFL owners are blackballing Kaepernick, who started kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality and racial injustice. However, the owners have denied the allegations.