Super Bowl Saturday? Teen wants big game moved, probably not going to happen

Super Bowl Saturday? Teen starts petition to move the big game

A New York teen wants to make sure football fans can get up for work or school after the Super Bowl, so he has started a petition to move the big game to Saturday instead of its traditional Sunday.

Frankie Ruggeri, 16, says it’s hard to get up for work or school the morning after the gridiron game. He had the idea to start the Change.org petition about a week ago during the playoffs, CNN reported.

The petition asks that the change happens for the 2021 Super Bowl, and apparently more than 30,000 people agree with Ruggeri.

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Supporters suggested on the petition that if it can’t be moved to Saturday, then move kickoff to earlier in the day or make Super Bowl Monday a holiday.

Ruggeri and those who think like him may be on to something. A recent survey by the Workforce Institute found that more than 17 million workers were expected to miss work the day after the 2019 Super Bowl.

Despite the apparent support for the change, there’s one person who has said no -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In the past, Goodell has said no to the change because of television ratings, CBS Sports reported.

“That [idea] has been around for a long time, people have talked about that,” Goodell said in 2018 according to CBS Sports. “The reason we haven’t done it in the past is simply just from an audience standpoint. The audiences Sunday night are so much larger. Fans want to have the best opportunity to be able to see the game and we want to give that to them, so Sunday night is a better night.”

FILE PHOTO: Richie James Jr. #13 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Richie James Jr. #13 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (Harry how/Getty Images)