The NFL has reportedly locked down Madonna to perform at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in February, according to SB Nation. Sources close to the event tell the sports blog that the Material Girl will be front and center Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The NFL has not issued a comment and Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, tells Billboard.com that there is "nothing to confirm or deny at this time."
This wouldn't be the first time Madonna has been in the mix with the Super Bowl. Back in January of 2000, she was slated to perform her then-new single "American Pie" at the Jan. 30 Super Bowl XXXIV halftime show. However, she quickly pulled out of the gig a few days later, due to it conflicting with her recording schedule. In a statement at the time, Madonna said that she was "sorry" and expressed "sincere apologies" to the NFL. She added: "I look forward to the possibility of doing something with the NFL in the future."
Perhaps the future is now, with the 2012 Super Bowl?
With her body of work, a Madonna performance would presumably be without the aid of other bands or artists. Last year's entertainment was a mashup of The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash. Before that, there was a six-year span of established, safer artists from The Who (2010), Bruce Springsteen (2009), Tom Petty (2008), The Rolling Stones (2006), and Paul McCartney (2005).
A slightly sexy performance by Prince in 2007 broke up the more conservative pattern of performers, meant to offset the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake "wardrobe malfunction" debacle of 2004.
Last year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in American history, with Nielsen estimating 111 million people saw the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. A performance by Madonna would be an unparalleled platform to promote a new release from the singer, who recently announced she was working on a new album for 2012. The nearest release dates fall on Tuesday, Jan. 31 or Feb. 7. Stay tuned…
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles.