The United States is a country with deep-rooted traditions, from Fourth of July BBQs to sports tailgating. One of the most anticipated traditions of all sports-loving Americans is the Super Bowl. For five months, fans tune into football games every Sunday leading up to the Super Bowl to cheer on their favorite teams. Over the weeks, fans choose which squad they think is going to win, and competition gets stiffer.
Finally, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Crock-Pots full of buffalo chicken dip begin to heat up and cans of beer crack open up as fans settle in to watch one of the biggest sporting events in the world. After the game is over and the beer is finished, we are unpleasantly reminded that we do, in fact, have responsibilities the next day.
I am here to propose that the Monday after the Super Bowl be declared a national holiday, “Super Monday,” if you will. This is both beneficial and safe for everyone involved.
Fans all over the country can watch the game in peace knowing that they can sleep in the next day. In particular, those living on the east coast don’t have to worry about getting up at 6 a.m. the next morning, since the game runs later there than anywhere else in the country. In addition, since there will be more fans willing to watch the big game and all the commercials that come with it, this proposal would also benefit the NFL and the companies that advertise with them.
Also, due to the fact that people have work and school the next day, many people feel forced to drive home after the Super Bowl. A mixture of alcohol (and frustration if your team lost) led to an astonishing 41% increase in car accidents hours after the Super Bowl, according to a study done by the University of Toronto in 2003. This statistic is, quite frankly, scary.
Another solution would be to switch Super Bowl Sunday to Super Bowl Saturday. Since the college football season is over, the NFL would not be infringing upon any other football event. Like “Super Monday,” this could also bring in more viewers and benefit both the NFL and their partner companies.
These are two simple solutions to a big issue that the NFL faces with the Super Bowl every year. The NFL should take these solutions to maximize their viewership and protect their audiences. Come on, NFL - raise the Super Bowl standards.