Whether you love it or hate it, the Taylor Swift effect on the Kansas City Chiefs certainiy has brought a new audience to the NFL, but according to one football Hall of Famer, it’s the reason why the league is losing fans.
Hall of Fame former coach Tony Dungy is at the 2024 Hula Bowl in Orlando as he is being inducted into the Hula Bowl Hall of Fame. Leading up to the game, Dungy was one of several former football stars interviewed by Fox News, and was asked about a poll that showed Iess than 25% of Gen Z-ers consider themselves “avid sports fans.”
Fellow Hall of Famer Rod Woodson attributed the cause to the interest in sports betting, and there are more general fans rather than fans of teams, but Dungy went another route in his explanation of it.
“I think we’ll always have sports in some form or fashion. Some people are disenchanted with it,” Dungy said.
When asked about the Taylor Swift effect, Dungy said the megastar is an exampIe of why people aren’t that interest in the NFL.
That’s the thing that’s disenchanting people with sports now, he said. “There’s so much on the outside coming in. Entertainment value and different things that’s taking away from what really happens on the field.”