Taylor Swift‘s management will ask the NFL to pay for the 14-time Grammy winner’s jet from Japan to Las Vegas and her private luxury box, according to former NFL quarterback turned radio host Boomer Esiason.
Esiason has been a staunch supporter of Swift’s inclusion on NFL broadcasts and the new wave of fans the ‘Anti-Hero’ singer has brought to watch the gridiron action.
Yet, the former Maryland and Cincinnati Bengals star thinks his hot take of the NFL catering to the singer for its biggest day of the year would be a bridge too far.
There is no proof the NFL is paying for Swift to be at Super Bowl LVIII, as her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, will be one of the integral parts of the game as his team faces the San Francisco 49ers.
Swift is expected to be in Las Vegas for the game, but has not publicly announced her intention of being at Allegiant Stadium for the NFL’s championship game.
Swift is currently in Japan playing four shows on her worldwide tour, ending on Saturday
Esiason has supported Swift but turned on her for wanting the NFL to pay for a jet and suite
‘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,”‘ Esiason said on his radio show this week.
‘I’m telling you, man. This is business, 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?’ Esiason asked.
‘What’s interesting is if the NFL does pay for all of this stuff, you know, it could be like “OK we’ll take care all of that but we want to be able to shoot you as you get to the stadium, whatever,”‘ Esiason added.
Esiason’s co-host, Gregg Giannotti, asked the former quarterback if he had people inside the league telling him this information or if he was hypothesizing.
‘I think it’s my guess in this case. I have a feeling that she is so powerful, so consuming and the metrics show you how successful the NFL has been with her being a part of it, and they can break down what they believe is her financial impact on the NFL and that number is close to $350 million in the short time she’s been around,’ Esiason said.
Esiason is citing a report that has made the Chiefs and the NFL $331.5 million by her presence at games and dating Kelce.
Swift and Kelce have been dating since September and she is expected at Super Bowl LVIII
Swift is finishing her Tokyo leg of ‘The Eras Tour’ on Saturday. The time difference would allow Swift to be in Las Vegas in plenty of time for kickoff.
Attending Super Bowl LVIII would be Chiefs game No 13 for Swift this season. She has been in attendance at the other three Kansas City postseason victories.
Guests will pay up to $2.5 million for a luxury suite inside Allegiant Stadium, giving Swift quite the perk if the NFL comps one for her.