Rescheduling the Super Bowl: 

In Need of Time to Digest

 

            Ever since I was a kid, I have looked forward to the Super Bowl.  However, I’ve always had one complaint about the game:  its timing.  I grew up on the East coast, and the game starts at 6:30 PM.  This start time means the game does not end until around 10:00 PM.  When I was young, the ending time meant that I either had to go to bed before the end of the game or plead with my parents to stay up for this “special occasion.”  As I got older, this dislike of the Super Bowl’s timing remained.  Because of the game’s ending time, I would not be able spend time with friends and family after the game.  I would also usually be tired the next day for work. 

 

            I think others, both young and old, have the same complaints about the Super Bowl’s timing.  I would like to offer two alternatives to fix the issues surrounding the timing of the game.  First, the Super Bowl could be played on Saturday night.  The advantage to a Saturday night game is that most people could sleep-in on Sunday (because of no school or work).  Kids could stay up to watch the whole game, and others could spend time with friends and family after the game’s conclusion.  Second, the Super Bowl could remain on Sunday but start at 4 PM Eastern (1 PM Pacific).  In this scenario, the game would be over by 8 PM on the East coast.  Kids would have time to get some sleep before Monday, and others would have time to spend with others after the game but before it gets too late.

 

            I hope the time or day of the Super Bowl changes.  Regardless, I will be watching the game!  

© 2020 by Michael B. Abramson