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Make 'Super Bowl Monday' Official Holiday, Say Tennessee Lawmakers

© AP PhotoPreparations for the Superbowl in Atlanta in February 2019
Preparations for the Superbowl in Atlanta in February 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.02.2023
The authors of the Bill are going some way to acknowledge that the first day after the Super Bowl is considered one of the most unproductive days in America.
The state of Tennessee has put forward a Bill to make the day after the Super Bowl an official day off.
In the original version of the Bill, the authors - state Senator London Lamar and state Representative Joe Towns Jr, both Democrats - proposed compensating for the lost day's work by canceling the Columbus Day holiday, celebrated in the US on the second Monday in October. However, Towns later announced to US media that the final version of the Bill being sent for hearing would simply give people an extra day off, without removing another.

"In the forthcoming final version of the Bill, we won’t be replacing any other holidays. But with more than 16 million Americans expected to skip work the day after the Super Bowl and about 8 million expected to ask for the day off in advance, we’re talking about a major hit to the workforce. My Bill simply wants to examine giving the rest of us the day off. Let’s face it, it doesn’t get much more American than the Super Bowl and it’s becoming more and more the norm to miss work the next day. So maybe we should just codify it…or at least just talk about it," stated Towns Jr.

Americans have long proposed making the Monday after the Super Bowl an official day off and there were petitions to that effect in 2013 and 2019. Studies show that the Monday after the Super Bowl is one of the least productive days of the year, with many people taking the day off. Although no such law is expected to pass at the federal level, if the Bill passes in Tennessee, other states could follow suit.
The Super Bowl is the final for America's National Football League to determine the NFL champion and has been played since 1966. Between 2004 and 2021 the match took place on the first Sunday of February but since 2022, it has been on the second Sunday. This year - Super Bowl LVII - the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Kansas City Chiefs on 12 February at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. The game and its accompanying Super Bowl Sunday celebrations have become a de facto bank holiday in the United States over the years.
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