TAMPA, Fla. - The Super Bowl might be six months away from coming to town, but the celebrity rumors already are running rampant.
The New York Post's Page Six reported on Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform live at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium.
Amanda Holt, the director of communications for the local Super Bowl Committee, said this is the first she has heard of it.
Brian Walker, senior communications director for NBC Sports, e-mailed us from the Olympics in China and told us to contact the NFL.
And Brian McCarthy, head of communications for the NFL, responded with a terse e-mail: "No, I cannot confirm this."
Asked to clarify whether that means Springsteen is definitely not performing, McCarthy responded: "We do not comment on our pregame or halftime show plans until we announce the talent. I would have said the same thing to the New York Post if someone from there would have called before it ran the item."
Choosing Springsteen would make sense. Since 2004, when Janet Jackson exposed us to a bit more of herself than many (including the Federal Communications Commission) would have liked, the halftime entertainment has been a list of safe, aging rockers: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
And now, maybe Springsteen.
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