Super Bowl: NFL boss Roger Goodell dismisses 'scripted' Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce romance to boost Joe Biden presidential campaign

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has laughed off claims that the league had "scripted" the romance between Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift to allow the popstar to use the Super Bowl to bolster support for Joe Biden in the presidential election.

The run-up to Monday's (NZ time) Super Bowl between Kansas City and San Francisco has been dominated by stories surrounding the relationship between the world's biggest popstar and the Chiefs All-Pro tightend.

While Goodell says the "Taylor Swift effect" is positive for the league, the singer has become a target for allies of former President Donald Trump, with some spreading conspiracy theories that her relationship with Kelce was part of an NFL plan to get Biden back into the White House.

Roger Goodell, Taylor Swift & Joe Biden.
Roger Goodell, Taylor Swift & Joe Biden. Photo credit: Getty Images

"I don't think I'm that good of a scripter - or anybody on our staff," laughed Goodell, during his state of the league press conference. "Listen, there is no way I could have scripted that one, let's put it that way.

"Having the Taylor Swift effect is also a positive, both Travis and Taylor are wonderful young people. She knows great entertainment and I think that's why I think she loves NFL football."

Swift backed Biden in 2020 and, while she has not announced her support for any candidate for this year's election, some Republican party supporters are convinced she will use the Super Bowl spotlight to call on her army of fans, known as 'Swifties', to vote Democrat.

Vivek Ramaswamy, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, before throwing his support behind Trump, has teased on the social media: "I wonder who's going to win the Super Bowl next month... and I wonder if there's a major presidential endorsement coming from an artificially culturally propped-up couple this fall.

"Just some wild speculation over here, let's see how it ages over the next eight months."

For Goodell, Swift has been nothing but good for the NFL, pulling in a new demographic that has prompted a jump in viewership, and merchandise and ticket sales.

"I think its great to have her as a partner," he said. "Obviously, it creates a buzz and brings another group of young fans.

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift celebrate the Chiefs' win over Baltimore Ravens.
Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift celebrate the Chiefs' win over Baltimore Ravens. Photo credit: Getty Images

"She's an extraordinary performer, I think this is just about welcoming people into the game. You hear the stories, you see the data.

"People are talking about the game that weren't talking about the game yesterday. Whatever that reason is, I'm good with it.

"Taylor is a dynamo - everything she touches, there are people following it." 


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