Based upon absolutely nothing, probably 80 percent of people who've watched the Super Bowl have wondered why the powers that be can't just put one of those holidays whose dates you can choose (see: Memorial Day, Labor Day,
the 4th of July Christmas) on the day after it.
But, instead of doing anything about it, most just go to work hungover and pissed off. Some call in sick (more on that below). And some probably just get fired.
Well, one enterprising young New York teen, not resigned to going that route, has put together a petition to move the big game from Sunday to Saturday. Absolutely nothing is going to change, but at least he put in the effort necessary to make an online petition.
That youngster, 16-year-old Frankie Ruggeri, put action behind the idea that has run through many-a-football fan's head. "Why not have a kid say, 'How about the Super Bowl be on a Saturday?" Frankie said to CN―wait *double checks* yeah, CNN.
As of this writing the petition has over 22,250 signatures.
Ruggeri's idea is rational (and I agree with it, and have also voiced it to friends at probably almost every Super Bowl since I was 11) but he's probably going to need about 100 million more signatures to make Roger Goodell care. Hey, every movement starts somewhere.
CNN added context to why things are the way they are, even if they would be better another way. In this case we're talking about why exactly the Super Bowl is on a Sunday. As they wrote:
In 1961, Congress passed the Sports Broadcasting Act. The law helped set the NFL broadcasting schedule for Sundays to protect the fans of college and high school football.
The law barred the broadcasting of professional games played on Fridays and Saturdays during the schools' seasons. The Super Bowl is well after the school football season, though.
Say what you want about "slow news days" but CNN did reach out to the NFL for comment. Previously the league has admitted that Saturday evening games tend to do better ratings-wise.
Frankie also did his own research, and found a 2019 survey that indicated more than 17 million workers were considering blowing off their jobs the day after the Super Bowl. A 2003 study also found out that automobile accidents go way up following the big game, though one might argue from experience that people get drunk on Saturdays too.
In either event you can sign the petition here. Ain't nothing going to come from it, but it takes just slightly more than zero effort, and also you can say you were on the right side of history.