Football fans across America have long called for the Monday after the Super Bowl to be recognized as a national holiday, for obvious reasons.
However, NFL Network host Kyle Brandt has a better idea, move the big game to Saturday.
The league announced last year that for the first time ever, it will schedule a 3 p.m. game on the Friday after Thanksgiving. During an appearance on “SI Media with Jimmy Traina” on Thursday, the “Good Morning Football” host shared his enthusiasm over the scheduling change, but added that the NFL should not stop there.
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“I think the Black Friday game walks so that Super Bowl Saturday can run. I’ve been pushing for that for years. I want Super Bowl Saturday.”
Brandt continued, “I got to interview [Roger] Goodell once. Goodell and I have a very comfortable, jocular relationship, and I pitched him on the air, ‘Super Bowl Saturday, Roger.’ And I just wanna speak for the people – Yes, if you’re thinking it’s because I wanna drink and eat with impunity, yes, that’s the reason why. Why can’t we make this on Saturday? And he laughed, but he gave the answer, ‘well the audience on Sunday blah, blah, blah,’ and I get it, but I don’t care. I want it on Saturday.”
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Earlier this year, lawmakers in Tennessee proposed a bill to recognize the Monday after the Super Bowl as a state holiday in place of Columbus Day.
However, according to data collected by the WorkForce Institute, a change might be necessary to combat many absences and a lack of productivity in the office.
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Their research from early February indicated that 18.8 million people may miss the day after the Super Bowl, while 33% of people would be less productive than usual on that Monday.