◎據New York Times報導，Roc Nation和Jay-Z將就娛樂產品，包括著名的Super Bowl Halftime Show及N.F.L.的Inspire Change活動進行諮詢。據Times報導，財政條款尚未披露，但預計該協議將於週三正式公佈。
◎N.F.L.長期以來一直有球員在演奏國歌中，跪下或坐著以抗議種族不平等爭議，前舊金山49人四分衛Colin Kaepernick是最明顯的象徵。由於持續爭議，包括Alicia Keys和Jay-Z在內的幾位知名藝人都拒絕Halftime Show邀請。此外，有電視台高管表示，跪姿爭議可能導致2017年的收視率急劇下降10％。
The National Football League has partnered with music mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation that will see the management company become the N.F.L.’s “live music entertainment strategist.”
The deal will see Roc Nation and Jay-Z consult on everything from entertainment offerings, including the prestigious Super Bowl Halftime Show, and on the N.F.L.’s social activism campaign, Inspire Change, according to the New York Times.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but a formal announcement about the pact is expected on Wednesday, the Times reported.
The partnership comes as the N.F.L. seeks to repair its reputation in the wake of a long-simmering controversy over its handling of players who opt to kneel or sit during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
The controversy, which former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the most visible symbol, prompted a national debate and spilled out into aspects of the league’s business, including last year’s halftime show. Several high profile artists, including Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, reportedly declined invitations to perform due to the ongoing controversy.
As well, some television execs have suggested that the kneeling controversy may have played a role in a sharp drop in ratings the league suffered in 2017. Audiences for the League’s games declined by 8 percent in 2016 and 10 percent in 2017 before recovering slightly towards the end of the 2018 season.
“The N.F.L. has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,” Jay-Z told the New York Times in an interview this week. “They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good.”