NFL's common sense is M.I.A.

Posted: March 19, 2014

NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.

But $1.5 million is peanuts for pro football, so the Hollywood Reporter says the league has added an additional claim of $15.1 million more in "restitution." That number is based on what advertisers could have paid for over-produced commercials during the two minutes that M.I.A. performed and brought civilization to a screaming halt. (The problem with that argument is that even if M.I.A. hadn't performed, someone else would have. Those two minutes would not have been ad time.)

"The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact or logic," said M.I.A.'s response papers, presumably filed by her lawyer and not a Tattle writer.

M.I.A. reportedly told the arbitrator in the case that the "continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL."

And since the league is going after his client, M.I.A. attorney Howard King is going after the league, citing numerous other halftime performances of questionable family values, not to mention actual team incidents, such as a recent NFL proposal to assess a 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word and the bullying scandal involving Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito.

Team M.I.A. also points the finger (possibly even the middle one) at the NFL and NBC for not putting a broadcasting delay on the halftime show.

'Classic' rock tour

Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces for a summer tour.

Can we call it the "Pour Some Makeup On Me" tour?

The pyromaniacal and pyro technical bands will burn up the U.S. starting June 23 in West Valley City, Utah. They will play more than 40 dates, including Aug. 2 at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, and Aug. 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Kiss and Def Leppard are partnering with various military companies for the tour to support U.S. troops, including the United Service Organizations Inc. and Hiring Our Heroes.


Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after an LA judge said yesterday that he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

Brown was arrested Friday after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder.

The facility cited three other violations of its rules, claiming that Brown refused to take a drug test, made a statement that alarmed rehab officials and was seen touching the elbow of a female client.

* Another example of why we at the Tattle Economics Foundation rail against income inequality:

Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb (net worth more than $2 billion, according to Forbes) is upset that his investment in Sony isn't doing better, so he's become an activist investor. In November, Sony hired Bain & Co. to offer wisdom (for a hefty fee) about how Sony could cut $100 million in costs through layoffs and other means (the usual stuff, like fewer paper towels, taking longer to reimburse expenses, replacing real cream with the fake stuff at the coffee machine, etc).

What was the directive for the movie division? Lay off people and spend less on marketing.

Yeah, that always works. And by always, we mean never.

Here's an idea: Try to grow revenue. Produce better movies. Don't make big-budget money losers like "Elysium," "White House Down" and "After Earth," or this year's "Robocop" reboot and "Pompeii." That folks stayed home from them isn't the fault of some modestly paid worker on the interactive team that supports digital marketing (whose department is likely to be gutted).

In 2013, Sony/Columbia's top domestic grosser was "Grown-Ups 2" ($133 million), followed by "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" ($116 million).

Warner Bros., on the other hand, had three movies grossing more than $200 million. Disney had five.

* "Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie has gotten married . . . and pregnant.

Guthrie and Mike Feldman, 45, tied the knot Saturday near her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. It was there she told her guests she's four months pregnant.

The info also was revealed on yesterday's edition of "Today," with Guthrie back in New York.

Co-anchor Matt Lauer said she was "a beautiful bride."

Guthrie, 42, said she was happy to go public with her pregnancy, because "I can't suck in this gut anymore."

Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old computer-science student, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for hacking the computers of future Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other young women to try to force them to send nude photographs or undress on camera for him.

Jared pleaded guilty in November to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized access of a computer.

Authorities say he hacked into the computers of several women, including Wolf, and was then able to control their webcams and surreptitiously photograph them. Now he will be the one surreptitiously photographed.

Abrahams and Wolf went to high school together, which makes his perviness even creepier.

- Daily News wire services

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