Article written by Sportmentary - Editor in Chief Sportmentary Online Sports Talk
The NFL is exploring the idea of playing Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on Saturday. This would be a contingent plan if a blizzard or snow storm is expected. The NFL is also exploring the possibility of delaying the game for a few days in the event of that possibility.
I won't go into a great tirade about my belief that the game shouldn't be played in an outdoor stadium located in a place that has wintry climates like New York. I think that the game should be played in a controlled environment to ensure the elements don't play a part in deciding the game's victor. This is an argument for another article or is it?
I knew that playing the game in New Jersey could pose a problem due to the ever changing weather during winter months. This could be a nightmare for the NFL. It is good that they're making contingency plans already.
After reading a couple of articles on the subject I got to thinking. I know that can pose a problem. I tried not to stress my brain too much. LOL. The idea of a Saturday game isn't so bad. I wonder if corporate America would like the game to be played on Saturday. It would cut down on the Monday morning hangover or the employee who plays hooky.
It would also decrease the number of employees who take PTO on the Mondays that follow the big game. I'll be honest I'm not sure if this is something that the NFL fan would embrace. Many fans love the game's tradition and might not like this type of change.
On the other hand, the game has evolved over time and many traditions either went by the waste side or new ones were created. I do think that the NFL fan would be able to have a great party if the game was on Saturday and they would have Sunday to recover without worrying about going to work with a massive hangover.
I wonder if companies who sell and make alcohol would like this. There are people who don't drink alcohol on Sundays. So maybe beer sales would actually increase if the game was played on Saturday. I don't think we would see much of a spike here. I think the NFL and their sponsors already know the answer to that question and they must believe that the best day to capitalize on profits is Sunday.
I doubt there is a possibility outside the game in New Jersey of the game being played on Saturday. This is probably a one-time affair if it happens at all. The NFL and its sponsors are used to the game being played on Sunday and I'm not sure they would want to tinker with that.
The other component is that many businesses are open on Saturdays and that would decrease the number of viewers who wouldn't tune into the Super Bowl.
It would be weird watching the Super Bowl on a Saturday and we might get that opportunity next year. We'll have to wait and see how the weather is during the weeks leading up to the game.