New York Teenager Launches Petition to Move Super Bowl to Saturday So Children Can Enjoy It Too

A New York teenager has launched a petition to convince the NFL to move the Super Bowl from Sunday to Saturday on the basis more children could enjoy the game.

Frankie Ruggeri has created a petition on Change.org called "Change Super Bowl 55 to Saturday," asking the league to bring next year's Super Bowl forward by a day.

Far-fetched as the idea may seem, the petition has reached over 7,800 signatures in little over a day at the time of writing.

If reaching the Super Bowl takes enormous dedication, watching it on TV requires similar degrees of commitment.

A seemingly interminable flurry of TV commercials and breaks stretch a 60-minute game to an event that stretches between three to four hours and that's without considering the half-time show.

The fact the Super Bowl is traditionally scheduled on a Sunday and runs into the night means children across the U.S. can often be sent to bed before the end of the game, as they have to get up for school the following day.

Ruggeri, however, suggested it was not only the children who would benefit from having the Super Bowl scheduled on Saturday.

"[Rescheduling the game to Saturday] will get [the NFL] more money and get more visitors to the game," he wrote.

"The NFL will get more television views [...] and more children will be able to enjoy their beloved game on TV or at a venue."

The 16-year-old pointed out the decision to switch the game to Saturday would not be seismic for the NFL, which already stages a number of playoff games on Saturday.

Two of the four games in the wild-card and divisional rounds are scheduled on Saturdays, with only the AFC and NFC Championship Games scheduled for so-called Championship Sunday.

"I'd like for the Super Bowl to be on Saturdays because of schools are not open the next day," Ruggeri was quoted as saying by CNN.

"No school the next morning, no work. Might as well make it Saturday."

Ruggeri was encouraged to start the petition by his father, Frank.

"He was persistent, very persistent, and he really believed it was a good cause," Ruggeri's father said. "So I said, 'Frankie, go for it. Do what you gotta do.'"

Despite Ruggeri's efforts, the NFL is unlikely to agree to switch the Super Bowl to Saturdays as it has previously indicated TV ratings and revenue are far stronger on Sundays.

The TV audience for the biggest game in football has declined for the last four years.

According to Nielsen ratings, Super Bowl LIII was watched by 98.2 million, the lowest audience in 11 years when 97.5 million tuned in.

Viewing figures peaked in 2015 when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, before declining to 111.9 million a year later.

In 2016, 111.3 million viewers tuned in, while the figure fell to 103.5 million in 2018.

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A view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium during Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael Zagaris/Getty
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