Brooks withdraws as ’94 Super Bowl halftime star

Country singer Garth Brooks has withdrawn as the half-time performer for the 1994 Super Bowl. The singer and the NFL were unable to agree on financial terms for the presentation.

While the halftime budget offered by the NFL was considerably less than the amount the singer wanted in order to make the Jan. 30 a true Brooks spectacle, sources close to the negotiations say the singer’s withdrawal was for more than just financial reasons.

The cost of staging Brooks’ brief performance was rumored to have been just above $ 4 million, but sources close to the singer say the budget was not quite that high. An NFL source said the league was prepared to spend around $ 2 million.

Brooks also asked the NFL to make a donation to an Atlanta children’s organization on his behalf. But the league balked at the amount, and the talks broke off.

“We got Michael Jackson for considerably less,” said an NFL source, referring to the singer’s Super Bowl appearance last January, said to have cost just $ 500 ,000 in the form of a contribution to his Heal the World Foundation charity.

Brooks was approached by the NFL (Daily Variety, Nov. 17) after a production firm hired by the league was unable to secure Billy Joel. Whitney Houston also was approached.

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