A group of sports enthusiasts in North Carolina are urging the federal government to declare the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. The people behind SuperBowlMonday.com say it is a grassroots effort (natural or artificial?) aimed at celebrating the "competitive spirit."
The group has a list of the top possible names for the holiday, including Super Monday, Super Bowl Monday, American Sports Day, Day of Champions, and National Recovery Day.
The organizers have created an online petition and plan on sending signatures to members of Congress in the future. They hope to have the first Super Bowl Monday holiday by 2010.
Some companies have signed up in support of the effort.
Currently, the federal government has designated 12 days as national holidays. There is no requirement for private employers to observe national holidays, but private employers almost universally observe six.
Is Super Bowl Sunday, in effect, already a holiday for most people?
"It already is a secular holiday," University of Indianapolis marketing professor Larry DeGaris tells Newday. "And since it's on a Sunday, everybody gets the day off, anyway."
In 2005, Kronos estimated that about 1.4 million employees could call in sick to work on the Monday after that year's Super Bowl.
Sources: Newsday and SuperBowlMonday.com