The amount of money bet on National Football League player Travis Kelce via DraftKings Inc. more than doubled over the weekend after rumors he’s dating pop star Taylor Swift.
(Bloomberg) — The amount of money bet on National Football League player Travis Kelce via DraftKings Inc. more than doubled over the weekend after rumors he’s dating pop star Taylor Swift.
The dollar value bet on Kelce’s performance on Sunday was twice his two prior games combined, according to an emailed statement from DraftKings. Rumors emerged that the Kansas City Chiefs tight end was dating Swift before his first regular season game.
The most popular Kelce prop bets on Sunday’s game against the New York Jets by handle, or amount of money wagered, were longest reception — the distance of the longest successful pass — or scoring a touchdown, DraftKings said. The Chiefs beat the Jets 23 points to 20. Kelce gained 60 receiving yards but did not score a touchdown.
The betting boost is just the latest illustration of the almost instantaneous and broad impact that Swift regularly has on consumption. She helped to drive US economic growth in the third quarter.
Her presence doubled ticket sales on StubHub for the Chief’s Sunday game against the Jets. Last week’s Chiefs game against the Chicago Bears was the the most-watched show of the week with 24.3 million viewers, scoring first among female audiences. Kelce’s jersey sales shot up by nearly 400%. A film of Swift’s recent Eras concert tour recently moved AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. share price.
The NFL is capitalizing on Swift’s attendance. It changed the banner of its page on X, formerly known as Twitter, to show her cheering at a game, and its Instagram Inc. page biography said “chiefs are 2-0 as swifties” on Monday.
She brought celebrity friends Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Sophie Turner and Hugh Jackman to Met Life Stadium on Sunday.
(Adds result of game and Kelce’s statistics in third paragraph. Clarifies last week’s game was most-watched of the week in fifth paragraph.)
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