NFL Defers to Taylor Swift’s Concert Tour, Avoids Scheduling Conflicts with Home Games

The National Football League (NFL) has been known to go head-to-head with other sports leagues, but it seems that it won’t be taking on Taylor Swift’s concert tour. The singer’s “The Eras Tour” will be running from March 17, 2023, to Dec. 8, 2024, with most shows held in stadiums, including ones normally reserved for NFL teams. Despite the NFL’s willingness to schedule games even on Christmas Day, the league has decided not to take on Swift’s tour, which coincides with the NFL season. Rather than scheduling home games for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, or Indianapolis Colts on the dates of Swift’s shows, the NFL has decided to defer to the pop singer, and these three teams will instead play on the road during those respective Sundays to avoid any type of scheduling conflict.

Swift’s tour includes nine dates held in the United States that coincide with the NFL season, three of which will be held at stadiums normally occupied by NFL teams. The Dolphins, Saints, and Colts will play away games on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3, respectively, as a result of the league’s deference to Swift. The Kansas City Chiefs, featuring Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce, will also be playing a road game at the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 17, which happens to coincide with Swift’s consecutive three-day set in Toronto from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16. Rumors circulated that scheduling the Chiefs’ game in Buffalo was to accommodate Swift’s ability to watch Kelce live in person, but the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcast Planning, Mike North, shot down the rumor, stating that scheduling was a “pure coincidence.”

NFL fans will still have plenty of chances to see the two-time defending champions, as Kansas City will have five primetime games in 2024, trailing just the Jets, 49ers, and Cowboys who have six each. The Chiefs will play on six different days of the week this season, making them one of the most watched teams in the league.

The NFL has long been an American sports behemoth, renowned for its popularity, revenue, ratings, and social media discussions. And while it’s not unusual for the NFL to clash with other sports leagues, the league has decided to defer to Taylor Swift’s tour. Despite the fact that Swift’s concerts will be held at stadiums that normally host NFL teams, the league has decided to schedule the Dolphins, Saints, and Colts games away to buttress against any scheduling conflicts. Swift will have lots of opportunities to see Kelce and the Chiefs, but it won’t be at the expense of the NFL’s scheduling plans

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