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Win One for the Flipper

Win One for the Flipper

If you assumed the NFL’s concern over transgressions of the League’s morals clause during recent Superbowl broadcasts focused on the legacy of Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Ray Lewis, you would be incorrect. The NFL filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association in March 2012, seeking $1.5 million and a public apology from rapper M.I.A. for the flipping of her middle finger during the game’s halftime show. The League claims M.I.A., who was performing the song “Give Me All Your Luvin'” with Madonna during the 2012 Superbowl, showed “disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand.” M.I.A. responded by calling the NFL’s legal actions “ridiculous.”

Daniel Sheerin

Daniel Sheerin, a second year student at Fordham Law, is a staff member of the Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. After graduating Tufts University, he moved to New York City to play drums, which he can still do, if called upon.