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For many, the Monday after the Super Bowl looks a little like a zombie apocalypse—everyone has bags under their eyes, there's a lot of stumbling around, and no one can form a sensical sentence. We've all been there. Go big at the Sunday Super Bowl party, and pay for it the next day. Collectively, we're a post-game mess, and one teen has decided enough is enough.
New York high school student, and overall football fan, Frank Ruggeri started a Change.org petition to the NFL and Roger Goodell to move the big game from Sunday to Saturday. He came up with the idea while talking to his family about the playoffs and how irritating it is to stay up late on Sunday and have to go to school the next morning.
“Why not have a kid say, ‘How about the Super Bowl be on a Saturday?” the high school junior told CNN on Tuesday.
He told CNN that he feels "more people will watch, the NFL will get more money and more people would travel to the game if it were on a Saturday."
Avon teen pushing for Super Bowl Sunday to be moved to Saturday https://t.co/qX7oTK7tqB— 13WHAM (@13WHAM) January 18, 2020
Click through the above Tweet to check out what Frank had to say about it with his local TV station, 13WHAM.
He's probably not wrong, as this type of effort has been set forth many times before, only to be swatted down by the NFL.
Part of the reason the NFL has been resistant is that it feels it can get more ratings and revenue on Sundays (i.e. string you along for days before with pre-game programming and paid advertisements). The other part is an archaic 1961 law passed by Congress that mandated NFL game's on days other than Friday and Saturdays to protect college and high school football, and the Sunday game day was solidified.
However, both high school and college football seasons are waaaaaay over by the time the Super Bowl comes along, so really it's all about the money, money, money.
But Frankie isn't just wanting to sleep in the day after the big game, he is worried about workers, as well. He told CNN that he dug up some research, and according to the Workforce Institute a record number of people were slated to miss the Monday after last year's Super Bowl. He also found that auto accidents increase after the Super Bowl, as well.
"A new survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by The Harris Poll estimates that 17.2 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day after Super Bowl LIII – making Monday, Feb. 4  the largest-ever anticipated day of Super Bowl-related absenteeism since The Workforce Institute at Kronos began tracking this phenomenon in 2005."
If you think, like Frank, that we need to move the game to Super Bowl Saturday, you can sign the petition here!
What do you think? Keep Sunday as the sacred Super Bowl day or let Saturday have a chance? Let us know in the comments!