Report: NFL Seeking $16.6M From M.I.A. Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show featured Madonna and included an appearance by M.I.A. The only reason we’re talking about this more than two years later is because M.I.A. flashed her middle finger during the performance and that prompted apologies from the league and broadcast partner NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the NFL has spent the subsequent two years in arbitration against M.I.A., who wasn’t paid for her Super Bowl appearance, seeking $1.5 million for allegedly breaching the terms of her performance contract, as well as tarnishing the league’s reputation.

Now the NFL has added an additional claim of $15.1 million in “restitution,” a figure based on what advertisers would have paid for Super Bowl commercial time during the two minutes M.I.A. was on stage.

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