Superbowl Saturday sign now

We hereby petition National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and all owners of NFL teams to move the Superbowl to Saturday instead of Sunday. The following is a list of reasons - not complete but certainly compelling - why "Superbowl Saturday" would be more marketable, profitable, socially conscious and safer than Superbowl Sunday.

1. Time Slot: While the need for an early evening start on the East Coast is clearly to allow West Coast viewers a proper time slot, the length of the game and surrounding festivities take the event into the early morning hours of the next day, a working Monday. Especially once you consider travel time home from various Superbowl parties - the lifeblood of the event. By moving the game to Saturday, you allow party attendees and home viewers to stay up without worry about work on Monday.

2. Drinking & Driving: As a society, we stress that drinking and driving is to be avoided at all costs. Yet the Superbowl is held on Sunday when people must get home to be ready for work on Monday. At the same time, viewers are inundated with clever and funny beer commercials which heavily encourage drinking during the event. Holding the Superbowl on a Saturday would help encourage Superbowl Party attendees to stay overnight and avoid drinking and driving (enter the search terms "Superbowl Sunday" and "DUI" into Google and see all of the links to DUI checkpoints around the country on gameday - a clear indication that this is indeed a problem). Sleeping on a couch beats sleeping in jail or a hospital.

3. Economy: New survey findings suggest that an estimated 1.4 million employed U.S. adults may call in sick to work the day after the Super Bowl. The "Working in America: Absent Workforce" survey of more than 1,300 employed adults was conducted by Harris Interactive (R) and commissioned by Kronos (R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: KRON). Super Bowl-related absence rates may be even higher in parts of New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and other areas where the contending teams have strong followings. This would be completely avoided by moving the Superbowl to Saturday and would surely be seen as a much needed stimulus to the economy.

4. Profits: More people are likely to watch the whole game (and all the commercials) if it doesnt mean being exhausted on Monday morning. More viewers = more money.

5. Time gap: We already have to wait an extra week for all the media frenzy and buildup to occur one less day will not hurt you in that department.

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Araceli BallardBy:
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & All NFL Owners

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