Super Bowl: Why The NFL Should Play The Game On a Saturday

Bob WarjaSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2010

One subject that has been debated in recent days is whether or not the NFL should move its crown jewel, the Super Bowl, from Sundays to Saturdays.

While the day couldn't be called Super Bowl Sunday any longer, of course, such a move actually has some merit.

For one, almost everyone watches it. Even the novice sports fan tunes in, to see the commercials if nothing else.

People who normally don't even follow football tend to watch the game because it has become much more to offer than just a game. It is an event.

It is a party !

And, like many parties, there is much celebration with friends into the wee hours. I know this may shock you, but there even may be a bit of imbibing going on.

All of which creates the potential for a nasty Monday morning. Getting up early to go to work following the Super Bowl is a headache. Mainly because you probably have a headache.

Look, a move to Saturday would eliminate that problem for most people. Sure, God might not be too happy that you skipped out on Sunday mass, but at least you sleep in a bit.

I know moving the Super Bowl to a Saturday would upset the purists. The so-called traditionalists would cringe at the thought.

But hey, many of our big games have changed over the years. Baseball's All Star game is no longer an exhibition. In football, the Pro Bowl is going to take place before the Super Bowl (don't get me started on that idiotic decision).

Heck, even baseball's "October Classic," as the World Series is traditionally known, slid into November this year.  

And wasn't the Super Bowl always played in January? Hello, Feb. 7.

So there is a precedent for change. And though, like most change, there would be much consternation and gnashing of teeth, I say it's a great idea.

It would be good for worker productivity in the United States, providing you are fortunate enough to even have a job in this economy.

Why has the game always been held on a Sunday anyway? Most likely it had a lot to do with professional football traditionally being played on a Sunday.

As time went on I'm equally sure the Almighty dollar had a lot to do with it. Sundays are thought to be better T.V. watching days, I guess.

But hey, I believe the Super Bowl is an event that transcends the day of the week and would still garner huge T.V. audiences on a Saturday.

And, while most regular season games are still played on Sundays, the NFL now schedules games on Mondays, Thursdays and, yes, even the occasional Saturday.

Meanwhile, I'll bet there would be far fewer workers calling in sick on Feb. 8 if the game was played on Saturday instead.

Yet no matter what we think, moving the Super Bowl to another day will likely never happen. It is far too entrenched and successful for anyone to tinker with it.

Oh, my aching head...