Travis Kelce wants to get into broadcasting after NFL career ends

Travis Kelce wants to get into broadcasting after NFL career ends

Travis Kelce isn’t planning to step away from the spotlight after his NFL playing career is done.

During the latest installment of his and brother Jason Kelce’s “New Heights” podcast, the Chiefs tight end explained that he wants to be a “talking head” in sports when he eventually hangs up his jersey for good.

The conversation began when Jason brought up a report by Bloomberg last week that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is exploring a minority sale stake in the team, and that they should look into it.

“Stop trying to tie me into this, this is you,” Travis said, laughing. “Yes, [I would turn down an opportunity to become an owner], because I want to broadcast when I’m done playing … I want to do that. I want to be the talking head that calls the games.”

Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce talk about careers after playing in the NFL during the latest installment of their "New Heights" podcast on June 12, 2024.

The brothers joked that they probably wouldn’t be able to afford a minority stake in an NFL team, and Travis said he would rather try to buy a minority stake in the Chiefs if the opportunity presented itself after his playing career.

Jason added that he would give up his multi-year broadcast deal with ESPN — which he agreed to in May after announcing his NFL retirement in March — to become a minority stake owner in the Eagles.

Travis didn’t elaborate further on his future plans, as the All-Pro NFLer is participating in Chiefs minicamp this week ahead of his 12th NFL season.

Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce talk about careers after playing in the NFL during the latest installment of their "New Heights" podcast on June 12, 2024.

A week after Jason joined ESPN, Travis agreed to a contract extension with the Chiefs that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.

The deal is a two-year tack-on to his current deal for $34.25 million, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Whenever Travis decides to call it a career playing at the pro level, he seems poised for an easy transition to the broadcast world.

Travis, who is known for his bubbly personality, served as a host of “Saturday Night Live” in March 2023, and then made a surprise cameo on the show in a skit about his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, that October.

He’s also handled the media circus around the couple’s whirlwind romance with grace.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have dinner at Waverly Inn on October 15, 2023 in New York City.

Travis starred in a number of commercials in 2023, when he and Swift went public with their relationship, including Pfizer, Experian and DirecTV — and he landed the cover of WSJ. Magazine.

André and Aaron Eanes of A&A Management, who serve as Travis’ business managers, said they hope to make him as famous as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“We positioned Travis to be world-famous,” André Eanes said in an interview with The New York Times earlier this year. “We didn’t know how it would happen, or when it would happen, or what would help push that further along. But it’s always been the thought in the back of our minds.”

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with the ball against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) during the first quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12, 2024.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with the ball against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) during the first quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12, 2024.USA TODAY Sports


Travis also signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) last spring in pursuit of more acting gigs.

Additionally, the Kelce brothers are the largest investors in the independent light beer, Garage Beer, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

 

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