Make Super Bowl Monday A National Holiday, Petition Says
The federal government's grandest experiment in democracy -- the online WhiteHouse.gov petitions -- have brought the people together on such causes as deporting Piers Morgan, creating a Death Star, mandating state Pokemon, and the secession of a dozen of our union's states. The upcoming Super Bowl has prompted a group of concerned citizens to petition the government to get the Monday after the football game off. So far, the Monday-after-the-Super-Bowl petition has 5,000 signatures -- 95,000 shy of the 100,000 necessary to get an official response from the administration. But the petition makes a decent case: In 2012, an estimated 111 million American viewers watched the Super Bowl, making it the most-viewed television broadcast in history and one of the largest location-independent gatherings of the American people to date.
4for4.com, argues that if the following Monday was a national holiday, the streets would be "safer for our children," the workplace would be more productive on Tuesday, and it would "promote camaraderie among the American people."
True, the Monday after the Super Bowl isn't the most productive workday. As AOL Jobs has reported, around 4.4 million Americans will come in late that day, 9 percent o workers will use a vacation day, and 3 percent will call in sick.
If you think the Super Bowl is a dubious reason to declare a new national holiday, a few years ago, Jack Daniels, the oldest whiskey distiller in the U.S., tried to make Sept. 29 a holiday in honor of its namesake's birthday. But persuading the federal government to create a new national holiday is no easy task. After all, each one costs the economy around $8.8 billion in lost productivity and $4.4 billion in paid wages, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Those at 4for4.com should not be disheartened, however. It took 18 years, over 9 million signatures, a hit song by Stevie Wonder, and four Congressional appearances from his widow before Martin Luther King Jr. got his day on the official U.S. calendar.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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