Super Bowl Monday? Man petitions to create football holiday
Having the day after Super Bowl Sunday off would promote camaraderie on the day of the game and productivity at work in the days after, says petitioner.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM
If Josh Moore has his way, you won't be at work the day after the Super Bowl. That's because Moore, who owns the fantasy football website 4for4, has proposed the day after the Super Bowl be made into a national holiday.
"This has been an issue that my friends and I have been talking about for years," Moore told BusinessNewsDaily. "It seems like every year we talk about how many people watch the Super Bowl and how many people don’t feel like going to work the next day. Then last week, I was actually at the WhiteHouse.gov petition site signing something that was a bit more policy-related and I thought it would be a great platform to get the idea about the Super Bowl thing from talk to actuality."
Moore seems to have the support of more than just his friends on his side. Since posting his petition on the White House We the People page, it has gained closed to 10,000 signatures. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures by Feb. 23, it will warrant an official response from the Obama administration.
"I think we have a chance," said Moore, a lifelong Detroit Lions fan who also edits 4for4. "Obviously, we are a long ways away, but I think it seems to be picking up steam and has the chance to start snowballing. I have had hardly any negative feedback. One old lady emailed me and said she didn’t like football, but that is about it."
Though the ultimate goal may seem far-fetched and Moore understands it is an uphill battle, he said that there would be a number of benefits from making the day after Super Bowl a holiday. In particular, Moore says that having the day after Super Bowl Sunday off would promote camaraderie on the day of the game and productivity at work in the days after.
"I am running on the assumption that the day after the Super Bowl is one of the least productive days of the work year, along with the day before Christmas and New Year's Eve," Moore said. "Having that day off
would not make the workforce lose too much productivity."
At the time of publication, the petition is only 88,969 signatures away from being eligible for an official response.
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