As Taylor Swift endeavors to make her way from her concert in Tokyo to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas next weekend, speculation arises regarding who might be covering her travel expenses.
Swift’s Eras Tour brings her to Tokyo on Saturday, Feb. 10, while her significant other, Travis Kelce, and the Kansas City Chiefs gear up for the Super Bowl showdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Vegas the following day. While it’s no secret that Swift possesses substantial wealth and access to a private jet, there’s a question of whether she’ll foot the bill for her Super Bowl trip.
During their WFAN morning radio show broadcast from Radio Row in Vegas this week, Boomer Esiason floated a theory to co-host Gregg Giannotti, suggesting that Swift might be negotiating with the NFL regarding her travel expenses.
Esiason pointed out that Swift’s newfound football fandom has reportedly generated significant revenue for the NFL, potentially amounting to over $350 million. Speculating on the business aspect, Esiason proposed that Swift’s team could be in discussions with the NFL, stipulating that if they want her presence at the game, the league would cover her jet expenses from Tokyo and provide her with a suite.
While Esiason acknowledged that it was his own speculation, he highlighted the potential business implications of Swift’s attendance at the Super Bowl.
“Because of all these stories coming out that she has raised the level of the NFL,” Esiason noted has she’s generated upwards of $350 million for the NFL. “The NFL is going to be here after she’s done. It was here before she got started.
“You gotta know that her people are in touch with the NFL. And her people are probably saying, ‘If you want her at the game you gotta pay for the jet coming back from Tokyo. And she needs her own suite.’ I’m telling you, man. This is all about business. How many times are we, CBS, going to show her? And are we going to show an arrival shot?”
Though it may seem unconventional for a billionaire like Swift to seek compensation for her travel expenses, from a business perspective, it’s not entirely far-fetched. Swift’s presence at the Super Bowl is anticipated to draw significant attention, comparable to the game’s halftime show performer, Usher. Given that the NFL covers production costs and expenses for performers like Usher, it’s plausible that Swift’s team might seek similar treatment.
While CBS likely plans for Swift’s attendance and strategizes on maximizing her presence, her potential absence due to her Tokyo concert poses logistical challenges for both CBS and the NFL. Thus, the notion of negotiating her travel expenses with the league isn’t as outlandish as it may initially appear.