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Should the day after the Super Bowl be a national holiday? –NBC Chicago

As the sick calls rang out — and again and again — Monday morning, many asked the question: Should the day after the Super Bowl become a holiday?

The question is asked every year following the big football match that millions of people across the country watch. And football isn’t the draw for the big night. There’s the halftime performance, commercials, and more that attract even those who may not be interested in the game itself.

A Harris Poll study for UKG’s Workforce Institute found that approximately 16.1 million U.S. workers planned to miss work the Monday after Super Bowl LVIII. Among them, 6 million employees risk workplace discipline if they pretend to be sick or don’t show up at all, according to the study.

This decision has become so common that it is now nicknamed the “Super Bowl flu.”

According to UKG, around 14.5 million people admit to calling in sick to work even if they weren’t actually sick the day after the highly anticipated annual match.

Although there have been cases where schools or workplaces in cities where teams were competing in the big game canceled work or activities the day after the Super Bowl, talk of a nationwide day off national remain, well, mere discussions.

Year after year, petitions surface urging lawmakers to consider the proposal. This year was no different.

The Drumstick Company launched a new petition in January, seeking more than 7,000 signatures to make the day after the Super Bowl a “nationwide day off.”

“Our vision of the future after every Big Game is a Monday when the whole country takes a break. But if we don’t speak up, the day after the Big Game is just another early morning alarm, another day wasted for the same old “routine”, we read in the petition.

A search on Change.org reveals more than 100 similar petitions seeking the day off nationwide.

In Illinois, this year’s post-Super Bowl Monday was already a national holiday.

February 12 also marks Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which continues to be a state holiday, meaning several offices in Illinois were already closed.

But that day doesn’t always fall on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

So, let’s hear it in the comments: Do you think the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a holiday?

NBC Chicago

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