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Taylor Swift’s presence is not a distraction

Since entering a romantic relationship with Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce in late 2023, Taylor Swift has sparked a frenzy regarding her impact on both game outcomes and increased viewership.

As a pop star phenomenon with a vast fanbase, Swift undeniably boosts NFL ratings and viewership.

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During games, commentators and cameras frequently fixate on Taylor Swift, deeming her presence a distraction.

Commentators and cameras repeatedly focus on her during games, labeling her presence a distraction. She even faced blame for the team’s Christmas Day loss solely because of her attendance.

“Feels like it is about time to call Taylor Swift a distraction,” Skip Bayless, a Fox Sports analyst said, after the Chiefs’ loss to the Raiders on Christmas Day.

The NFL knows what it’s doing by showcasing Swift at games. According to Apex Marketing Group, the ‘Taylor Swift effect’ has generated over $330 million for both the NFL and the Chiefs. There’s no doubt they’re relishing the buzz surrounding her name.

Those who are bothered by this phenomenon are likely fans of opposing teams who feel that the attention she receives from cameras is diverting focus from the actual games.

“I don’t mind the Taylor Swift effect, and my daughter is a huge fan of hers,” Athletic Director, Brandan Harrell said.

I have never been a football fan, but I did tune in to watch the Super Bowl and found myself intrigued to see how many times the camera panned her section at the game. Her presence has been a spillover and to call it a distraction would be a great discredit.

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