The Monday after Super Bowl Sunday is on the verge of becoming a national holiday in America.
But NFL fans everywhere must unite, because power in numbers is what will get this done.
And for anyone needing to find some current supporters, let's check out the Twitterverse.
I have to agree with this tweet from Bleacher Report featured columnist Alessandro Miglio:
Here's extra motivation to sign the petition:
You know you've asked this question before:
How is Super Bowl Monday not a national holiday yet?— Paul Zdanowicz (@Pzdanowicz23) January 23, 2013
Politicians could use this issue to gain political support:
Obama would get my support if he declared the Monday after the Super bowl a national holiday.— TheScooter (@Buckeye_Scooter) January 23, 2013
Now, to really make the Super Bowl a national holiday, pro football can take the American historical emphasis to another level. It could implement an 18-game regular season, which would push the Super Bowl back to a day before Presidents' Day.
Although an 18-game regular season significantly contradicts Roger Goodell's advocacy for player safety, it would be beneficial to have the Super Bowl before another national holiday.
A possible conflict with Miami's massive boat show is not enough to sink South Florida's hopes of hosting the 50th Super Bowl, officials working to secure the landmark game contend.
An appealing aspect of Presidents' Day weekend is it would set the Super Bowl on a Sunday followed by a national holiday. The Monday after the game has become a notoriously unproductive work day with millions of fans stretching their Super Bowl celebrations until late Sunday night. That has prompted a group to begin a petition drive to move Presidents' Day ahead two weeks to the Monday after the game.
The prospect of extending the NFL's calendar and staging the league's signature event in the latter half of February is gaining momentum as team owners contemplate an expanded schedule with a typical end-game mission: More money.
The additional games would be tacked on to the back end of the current calendar, which owners feel would create added value for their network TV contracts because like the Super Bowl, the conference title games would be played in February — a sweeps month that TV networks use to set advertising rates.
Given that the game itself continues to garner more viewers every year, the impact of making the following day a national holiday could be significant. Factor in the double-whammy with another national holiday, one of extremely important historical significance to America, and the magnitude of that weekend immediately goes off the charts.
The lone issue here is expanding the regular season. To push the Super Bowl back to mid-February while keeping everyone content, bumping the season ahead would be the next best alternative.
If the seasoned kicked off in mid-September, an 18-game season can be avoided, and Super Bowl Sunday can still line up with Presidents' Day.
And why not?
Football is to be played in the fall and winter seasons, and technically summer doesn't end until September 21st (22nd before a Leap Year).
The season would remain 16 games long, there would be more games in tougher weather conditions—the way it should be—and there would be one awesome holiday weekend in mid-February.
It's a win-win situation for the entire country.
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