M.I.A. May Be Fined for Middle Finger at Super Bowl

Contract with NFL included agreement on potential fines

February 7, 2012 8:35 AM ET
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M.I.A. performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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M.I.A. will be forced to pay any fines imposed on NBC if the FCC decides to punish the network for airing footage of her flipping off the camera at Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance. According to TMZ's sources, the rapper signed a contract with the NFL in which she agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it may be forced to pay for potential FCC fines.

This clause no doubt was included following Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which resulted in a $550,000 fine for CBS. (That fine was recently thrown out by a federal appeals court.)

Both NBC and the NFL apologized for M.I.A.'s antics yesterday. In a statement to the press, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that the rapper did not reveal the obscene gesture in dress rehearsal, but improvised it in the moment.

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