The Super Bowl is one of the nation’s most viewed sporting events yearly.
But Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t always provide a Super Monday.
With the game lasting late into the night on the East Coast, a hot topic around this time of year has always been, “Should the day after the Super Bowl be a national holiday?”
According to a recent NCSharp survey, fewer than half the people polled believe the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a holiday.
The key takeaways from the survey include:
- Only 43% of people believe the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a holiday.
- 67% of respondents say that the Super Bowl does not impact their work the next day.
- Nearly 30% of those surveyed have called in sick on a Monday after the Super Bowl.
We have discovered that the Monday after the Super Bowl is a divisive topic, with the public pretty well split on the issues.
Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or not, Super Bowl Sunday and the following day will likely impact you.
Is the Super Bowl really one of the most viewed events annually?
Super Bowl LVIII features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Super Bowl is one of the most viewed television programs each year.
Over TV history, the Super Bowl has accounted for eight of the ten most-watched television shows ever. Only the Apollo 11 moon landing and Richard Nixon’s resignation speech are on the most-watched list, alongside past Super Bowls.
It’s an event that brings in viewers of all ages and demographics.
NCSharp surveyed 600 American adults 25 or older about the Super Bowl and its impact on the following Monday. The survey included nearly a 50-50 split between male and female respondents.
Of the 600 people surveyed, over 80% said they watch the Super Bowl every year, while the remaining said they watch most years.
None of those surveyed said they have ever failed to watch the Super Bowl.
Fewer than half dread work the day after the Super Bowl
Some may party a little harder on Super Bowl Sunday than others.
Certainly, the celebration level may depend on whether your favorite team is participating in the game.
That can make the Monday after the Super Bowl more challenging if you are a bit of a party animal.
When asked about how they feel about the Monday after the Super Bowl, those surveyed had the following responses:
- 41% said they are excited about the game, but dread work the next day.
- 40.5% said the Monday after the Super Bowl is like any other Monday.
- 18.5% said they look forward to the game and going to work the next day.
Though nearly half of the survey doesn’t look forward to work the day after the Super Bowl, only 32.7% said they find it difficult to focus the day after the big game.
NCSharp also asked in the survey, “On a scale of 1-10, how much does the Monday after the Super Bowl affect your productivity at work? A “1” means not at all, while a “10” means extremely.”
Of the 600 survey takers, the average score was 4.5.
A score of “2” received the most votes at 106, while a score of “10” had just 27 votes.
Should the day after the Super Bowl be a holiday?
With the Super Bowl being embraced by such a large percentage of the U.S. population, some have felt the Monday after the game should be a working holiday.
Our survey shows that 43.3% of people agree with that sentiment.
In addition, 38.2% of the survey felt that if the Monday after the Super Bowl was made a holiday, it wouldn’t impact their typical Super Bowl Sunday plans. 56.3% would be more likely to gather with friends if they had the next day as a holiday.
If the day after the Super Bowl were a holiday, 41.5% of the survey said it would make it easier for them to watch the game, while 48% said it wouldn’t change their viewing habits of the Super Bowl.
When it comes to making a decision on the Monday after the Super Bowl being a holiday, those surveyed believe the responsibility fell on:
- US government: 62%
- Individual states: 21%
- Companies: 17%
The day after the Super Bowl is a heavily used ‘sick day’
Companies are no strangers to getting a few sick calls the day after the Super Bowl.
Of those we surveyed, just under 30% said they called in sick at least once the day after the Super Bowl. Though, I’m sure it was for legitimate reasons.
In 2023, Feb. 13 was the second-sickest day of the year, according to a study by Flamingo. That was the day after Super Bowl LVII.
Further, the day after the Super Bowl correlates with two other key “sick day” statistics.
Monday is the most popular sick day of the week, as 20% of all sick days occur on the first day of the week.
To coincide with that, the study also found that February is the sickest month in the last five years. An average of 10% of the workforce has taken sick leave in February.
A solution may be Presidents’ Day
The solution to this potential issue for the workforce may simply be moving the Super Bowl back another week.
While not all are behind the Super Bowl holiday idea, 57.7% believe scheduling the game before a pre-existing holiday, like Presidents’ Day, is good.
Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year. That would push the Super Bowl back one week to when it’s currently played.
The last three, including this year’s Super Bowl, have occurred on the second Sunday in February. Starting in 2021, the NFL extended its regular season by one week, pushing the Super Bowl back a week.
Which jobs would be hardest the day after the Super Bowl?
How much you dread the Monday after the Super Bowl may depend on the job you have.
We took 10 different professions and asked the survey participants to rank them from 1-10 based on what they thought would be the hardest to do the day after the Super Bowl.
Despite finishing near the middle with an average of 5.5, “Healthcare” got the most votes as a “10” of the different occupations. Working at a “Call Center” got the most votes as a “1.”
It’s clear that no matter what the job is, there’s going to be a level of difficulty to be effective after a long night.
With the NFL always looking for ways to stay in the sports spotlight, maybe they will hear the pleas of fans wishing for the Monday after the Super Bowl off.
The simple solution may be just pushing the season back one more week.
Until then, maybe it’s best to start prepping your best “sick voice” for that call into the office Monday morning.