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Apple Scores NFL Deal as Super Bowl Halftime Show Sponsor

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The National Football League announced late Thursday that Apple will be the new sponsor for the Super Bowl halftime show, replacing Pepsi in the coveted annual extravaganza that drew more than 100 million viewers earlier this year.

"We are proud to welcome Apple Music to the NFL family as our new partner for the iconic Super Bowl Halftime Show," Nana-Yaw Asamoah, SVP of partner strategy for the NFL, said in a statement.

Each year, the halftime show features performances by the recording industry's hottest artists. Past halftime shows have included performances by artists such as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, among many others.

Apple's multi-year agreement with the NFL give it an opportunity to promote its music streaming service Apple Music to what is typically the largest TV audience each year. Terms of the deal weren't revealed, but the NFL said fans will see previews over the coming months on Apple's TikTok, Instagram and Twitter accounts of what can be expected at the 2023 halftime show.

Pepsi had previously been the sponsor of the halftime show, but the soft drink and snack giant announced in May it would end its 10-year sponsorship of the deal. Prior to that announcement, CNBC reported that the NFL was shopping around for a new sponsor for the rights.

Pepsi's previous deal, struck in 2012, was worth $2 billion over 10 years, according to CNBC. The NFL was said to be looking for $50 million per year from a new halftime sponsor, with an increased focus on streaming and digital platform advertising.

Apple is also among the more prominent media names rumored to be jockeying for NFL Sunday Ticket, one of the US sports world's most valuable assets. Currently with DirecTV, the package allows fans to watch or stream every out-of-market NFL game, every Sunday, starting at around $300 for the season.

As the NFL has recently struck new broadcast deals with the likes of NBC, CBS, Fox, Amazon and Disney, the value of Sunday Ticket has come in to question. The satellite-TV provider, which is in the final year of its contract with the NFL, pays the league more than $1.5 billion per year, but some reports state that the league is looking for up to $2.5 billion annually in its next deal. 

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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