The Monday after the Super Bowl has traditionally been one of the least productive workdays in the US, research over the years suggests.
So a state proposes to give most workers the day off.
A bill proposed in Tennessee by state Sen. London Lamar and Rep. Joe Towns Jr. suggests that the Columbus Day holiday be repealed and replaced with a day off on the Monday after the big game.
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If the bill, which is officially known as SB1344/HB1463, were to pass, the Tennessee Code would be changed by «deleting the language, ‘the second Monday in October, known as ‘Columbus Day,'» and inserting the language, «the first Monday after the Super Bowl, known as ‘Super Bowl Monday'».
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The idea of making the day after Super Bowl Sunday an official holiday is not an entirely new concept.
On average, more than 100 million people tune in to the long-awaited game. Depending on the time zone, the game can keep viewers up late into the night.
Many football fans, fans of the halftime show, or those who just want to watch the commercials throw parties with chicken fingers, dips, and a variety of special game-day recipes.
A record total of 1.450 million wings are expected. to be eaten for this year’s Super Bowl, according to a forecast from the National Chicken Council.
Late nights have a tendency to affect some people’s early start to work and school on Monday. Several companies have previously disclosed that their level of sick calls increases the day after the Super Bowl.
Adults aren’t the only ones who tend to stay up late at night. Children are also often in front of a television.
At the federal level, designating the Monday after the Super Bowl as a holiday has yet to gain much support. A petition was started in 2013, asking the White House to recognize the day as a national holiday, but it did not receive the required number of signatures.
The Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC title last season, earning the team a trip to Super Bowl LVI. The Bengals ultimately lost 20-23 to the Rams, but Cincinnati officials canceled school on Monday after the game.
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Not all states recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday. The day is known as Indigenous Peoples Day in some states.