Over the past few weeks, we have had more pictures of Taylor Swift attending Travis Kelce’s games than anything else she has done- all thanks to the NFL.
As football season continues, Swift makes sure that she is at every game the Chiefs play, giving fans an unguarded glimpse of the pop star in her suite, cheering, singing, and clapping for her team. Though the constant panning of the cameras came as a blessing to Swifties everywhere- it is not something that NFL coach Tony Dungy is highly pleased with. Here’s what the coach said about Swift’s constant features at the football game, and how, according to him, it is affecting the NFL.
Tony Dungy Slams Taylor Swift
The American Football veteran has a few things to say about Taylor Swift’s presence in the audience during the NFL games.
Speaking with Fox News, the former player and coach talked about a poll that revealed that less than 25% of GenZ considered themselves ‘avid sports fans.’ The coach said, “I think we’ll always have sports in some form or fashion. Some people are disenchanted with it.”
He then talked about Swift’s effect on the game. In case you don’t know, Swift’s attendance in the audience invited a huge number of additional fans this year after her romance with Kelce. This gave the NFL a hike in their viewership- which might explain why they show a lot of Taylor during the games.
Dungy then said, about the Taylor Swift effect, “That’s the thing that’s disenchanting people with sports now. There’s so much on the outside coming in. Entertainment value and different things that’s taking away from what really happens on the field.”
Taylor Swift And Swifties React To Criticism Over Her NFL Footage
During her TIME Magazine cover story, Swift reacted to the attention she gets when she attends any of Kelce’s games. “I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in,” she says. “There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once. I’m just there to support Travis. I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”
On X, fans came to her defense after Tony’s remark, many of them voicing that Swift has no control over the attention she gets when she is at the games.
What a terrible take. Tony Dungy is an idiot. Nobody cares that Taylor is at the games, and no one would even know if the broadcast didn't show her on camera. So if anyone is to blame, it's the network. And idiots like Tony Dungy. https://t.co/JXtVPjvpIT— Leron Ford (@leronford) January 13, 2024
Many fans also pointed out all the positive attention the NFL has gotten following Swift’s attendance.
Tony Dungy went full buffoon, blaming Taylor Swift for discouraging viewers from watching the NFL.— Alan Covington (@Alan_Covington) January 14, 2024
Second highest overall tv ratings since 2000. Second highest MNF ratings since 2000. 97 of the top 100 tv programs of 2023.
Swift has been a massive positive for the NFL.. pic.twitter.com/oTQAfrZErX
Tony Dungy: “Football fans are disenchanted because the NFL is shoving Taylor Swift down their throats.”— Unfiltered Fanz (@UnfilteredFanz) January 14, 2024
Also Tony Dungy: spends half the fucking broadcast talking about Taylor Swift
As of now, weeks later on 11th February, the Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas. Chiefs fans and Swifties alike are manifesting that the Chiefs get through the finals and get to play in the Super Bowl.
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