Should 'Super Bowl Monday' Be a National Holiday?

A Fantasy Football website is petitioning the government to make the day a holiday in an effort to boost national camaraderie.

Should the day after the Super Bowl be a recognized holiday in the United States? 

A group of sports fans and concerned citizens seems to think so, and has gone as far as to file a petition with WhiteHouse.gov petitions, according to a recent post on AOL Jobs.

The petition argues that about 111 million Americans watched the Super Bowl in 2012, thus making it the most-viewed broadcast in history, according to the post. 

As such, the group involved - Fantasy Football site 4for4.com - claims that if the Monday after the game were deemed a national holiday, the streets would be safer and the workplace would be more productive on the following Tuesday.

"We at 4for4.com Fantasy Football petition the Obama Administration to consider declaring the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday," the petition states. "By doing so, the Obama Administration can promote camaraderie among the American people, keep the streets safer for our children on Sunday night and Monday morning, promote a productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday, and honor the most popular event in modern American culture."

As of Monday, Feb. 4, the petition raked in 14,922 signatures, but still needs to receive about 85,000 more to get an official response from the federal government. 

Meanwhile, AOL Jobs reported that close to 4.4 million Americans arrive late to work the day after the big game, and 9 percent of workers use the day as a vacation day, while about 3 percent call in sick. 

Do you agree? Should "Super Bowl Monday" be considered a national holiday? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stephanie February 05, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I thought the plan was that they'd actually cut back to 2 preseason games instead, which would keep the Superbowl around the same time.
Paul Lasiewski February 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I'd agree to the national holiday and "Super Bowl Monday" as long as my birthday is also a national holiday and "Paulie Monday".
Tony George February 05, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I would support having the Super Bowl continued playing on Sunday and in New Orleans every year...what better venue can compete with that city for its food, music, people, Bourbon Street and of course, the Mercedes Dome...very elegant....
Anthony Rea February 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM
All I meant by my statement is that there is no such thing as a true national holiday anyway. There's always somebody working at every minute of every day. I think they should worry about more important days. I think they should combine Labor Day and 9/11 and make one holiday on Septermber 11th. That's the only reason 9/11 isn't a holiday because it's too close to Labor Day.
Tina Mqs February 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Moe over- mine too! What would we be wanting this to be a national holiday for, again? If we need a national holiday for the sole purpose of eating and drinking into oblivion and skip work the next day, we're doomed.


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