Fox Sports chief David Hill promises no geezers during next Super Bowl halftime
Fox Sports President David Hill has a lot on his mind. He needs to decide how much to bid on the 2014 and 2016 Olympics. He has to keep his eye on upcoming labor negotiations in the National Football League that could lead to a strike. He's doing baseball's All-Star game in 3-D.
But most importantly, he has to make sure there is a good half-time show at next year's Super Bowl which Fox will be airing.
We sat down with Hill and asked the toughest question we could think of. After years of over-the-hill rock bands playing halftime, could he promise us that next year's entertainment would be under the age of 60?
"I'm watching them going oh no, please. If I saw Pete Townshend's belly again I was going to throw up. In his younger days it might have been rippling muscle but now it's like mine, rippling fat!," Hill cracked. As for singer Roger Daltrey, Hill said, "poor old Roger had one of the purest voices, but it's history.'
We suggested to Hill that if the NFL wants another fossil rock band, that maybe KISS is the way to go. After all, they wear make-up so you can't see how old they are looking, and they do put on a good show. Hill only has one problem with KISS. "I never liked their music."
So what will we get next year?
Hill wants country music divas. The game is in Dallas, and "it's kick-ass country down in Texas."
At first glance, Hill does not seem like a country music fan. Blame auto racing.
"I've spent 10 years doing NASCAR. It's in my head, I can't get away from it....I've become addicted to it."
For more from the always-entertaining Hill, please read our interview in today's Los Angeles Times.
-- Joe Flint
Photo: Fox Sports CEO David Hill. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times