Super Bowl is the name of the game for the title of champion of the National Football League of the United States of America. The game and the accompanying celebration over the years have become a national pride of the United States. The Monday after the Super Bowl should become a national holiday due to its extraordinary popularity, human resources issues and good position within a week.
Firstly, the Super Bowl is the biggest timeout of America. Indeed, the streets of most cities in the country become empty, and the whole nation sits down by the TVs to watch an exciting game live. Super Bowl is the most popular one-day sporting event in the world. Since 2010, every single match for the Super Bowl has annually been attracting more than 100 million Americans from TV screens, setting a record in 2015 with 114 million viewers. This number only includes private houses and ignores that 20-25 % of viewers who decide to watch the game in a public place such as bars (Hopsicker & Dyreson, 2017). In 2018, the tournament was watched at 51.5 million households, which account for more than two-thirds of all families of America. In the US segment of social networks – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the event received 170.7 million mentions. This makes the Super Bowl even more popular than the President Elections. Therefore, due to unprecedented popularity, Monday after such an essential for most Americans event as the Super Bowl must be officially declared a national day off.
Secondly, the Super Bowl is a nightmare for human resource managers across the country because a high percentage of people call in sick. Monday after the Super Bowl is known as the day when people refuse to work. According to statistics, after Sunday Super Bowl, the final game in the season of American football, a vast number of American workers take time off work due to illness. Around 27 percent of employees did not go to work after the Super Bowl, and 32 percent arrived later than usual (Kasperkevic, 2018). According to Joyce Maroney, executive director of the Institute of Human Resources, they are studying the impact of Super Bowl on the workforce for over a decade, and although figures may fluctuate every year, there remains one undeniable fact: Super Sick Monday is often the day with the largest number of suddenly ill workers in America (Hayes, 2018). Also, 72% of HR managers agree the day should be a holiday (Kasperkevic, 2018).
Thirdly, the Super Bowl always takes place on a Sunday. Consequently, the holiday would be honored on Monday. This day is considered the toughest day of the week. For some reason, most people are firmly convinced Mondays bring the substantial amount of strenuous work, and this day is full of failures and disasters. Monday is a hard day from a psychological point of view because people are used to getting up on weekends at a convenient time, have a lot of free time, and on the first day of the week, the body gets stress from a sharp awakening. Staying up late and worrying about the favorite team on Sunday aggravates the situation. To free people from the additional burden on the body, both physical and psychological, the government should male this Monday a national holiday.
Considering the above, it is worth to make Monday after the Super Bowl a day off. It is the most popular event in the United States, receiving more attention the presidential election. Besides, it negatively affects the health of many workers across the country. Finally, the situation creates a nightmare for HR managers since workers tend to take sick leave or be late for work. Generally, the advantages of making the Monday a day off cover all the shortcomings.