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Springsteen to play Super Bowl halftime show

Bruce Springsteen (L) and Steve Van Zandt (R) with the E Street Band, including drummer Max Weinberg (rear), perform at Veterans Park in celebration of the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in this file photo from August 30, 2008. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the half-time slot at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida, snagging the most-watched musical showcase of the year, according to the organizers.

This year, more than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play at the championship game of American football, the National Football League said on Sunday.

Other recent acts have included Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2. The most infamous performer was Janet Jackson, who bared her breast during the 2004 event, triggering a crackdown on televised smut.

The Super Bowl, scheduled for February 1, will be televised by NBC.