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The reason you can’t wager Taylor Swift Super Bowl bets at US sportsbooks is simple

Will Taylor Swift be at the 2024 Super Bowl? How many times will CBS’s Super Bowl broadcast show her on-air? Will the Super Bowl MVP mention her in his speech?

Swift’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been one of the hottest topics of this NFL season. Across the country, fans of the singer/songwriter will be looking out for her appearance in Las Vegas for this year’s Super Bowl. The 14-time Grammy winner has attended all three of the Chiefs’ playoff games up to this point but has a concert in Tokyo the day before the Super Bowl. That’s left fans speculating whether she’ll make it to Las Vegas in time for the big game.

However, they won’t be able to legally bet on such an appearance – or the number of them on the broadcast – at a United States-based sportsbook ahead of Sunday’s game. Any such wagers are only available on betting sites outside those regulated in the U.S.

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The problem with Taylor Swift prop bets

There are other prop bets not related to the outcome of the game that also aren’t legal to bet on in the U.S. as well as some that are only available in certain states. But why is that?

“The general rule of thumb in the U.S. for creating prop bets is that they need to be determined by action on the field and the result shown in the box score,” BetMGM Senior Trader Tristan Davis told USA TODAY. “This makes it difficult to offer prop bets on Taylor Swift since she doesn’t play the game.”

In other words, the name of the game in sports betting is wagering on the objective, on-field results, not the subjective decision-making of a TV broadcast director.

Football fans may remember a similar situation last year, when Travis and Jason Kelce became the first pair of brothers to face off in the Super Bowl. Some offshore sportsbooks offered bets on whether their mother, Donna, would be shown first on the broadcast and how many times she’d appear.

Industry sources say that offshore sportsbooks are not regulated in the U.S., which is why some sites do offer bets on appearances during the Super Bowl broadcast.

Some sportsbooks have gotten creative including Swift’s relationship with Kelce as a way to bet on the game.

One sportsbook offers a “Swift Action” bet on whether either team will score a touchdown in the first two minutes. That same site also has a bet titled “MVP Swelce,” a wager on whether Kelce will win Super Bowl MVP. Another site offers a bet called “Tight End vs. Pop Star,” on which bettors can wager whether the tight end will have more receptions than 10, the number of Swift’s Platinum albums.

What special prop bets are legally available for the Super Bowl?

BetMGM is offering a few specialty props for this year’s big game.

Bettors outside of Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington can bet on the outcome of the pre-game coin toss. Odds for heads or tails are even at -105 each.

Residents of Washington, D.C., Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, West Virginia and Wyoming can bet on the color of the Gatorade bath at the end of the game.

Current odds list “Purple” as the favorite (+275), though the most bets – 27% – have been wagered on “Orange” (+325), followed by 22% of bets on “Red/Pink” (+400).

BetMGM is also offering a bet on whether the Super Bowl will end in a “Scorigami,” or a final score that is unique and has never happened in NFL history. The 2023 NFL season saw nine such final scores.

How to watch Super Bowl 2024: TV, streaming and schedule for 49ers vs. Chiefs

When: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cable TV: CBS

Streaming: Paramount+; YouTube TV; Sling; fuboTV

How to watch: Catch all Super Bowl action with a Fubo subscription

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