When will the medical community start paying attention to a debilitating malady that strikes year after year on the day after the Super Bowl?

With the amount of seemingly perfectly healthy American workers being suddenly incapacitated less than 12 hours after the big game by something called Super Bowl Fever, this should be investigated.

Or not. They could just move the Super Bowl to Saturday and this would stop being a problem.

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An Estimated 10-17 Million People Skip Work The Day After Super Bowl Sunday Every Year

If these numbers are accurate, doing the math tells us that on the high end, there are about 340,000 Illinois residents who'll be taking today off. On the low end, 200,000 Illinoisans won't show up to clock in.

According to the Workforce Institute:

  • 16.5 million Americans will skip and 10.5 million have already called in sick
  • Another 7.5 million will show up late after the Super Bowl
  • As high as 20 percent of employees ages 18-34 say they may not go to work on Monday because of the game
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The Super Bowl's "Sick Monday" Scenario Isn't Just For Employees, Either

Of those who planned to watch the Super Bowl yesterday that identify as a manager or boss with the authority to approve employee time-off requests, 29 percent say they may miss work on Monday, and 18% have already taken today off.

What's more, 35% of those same bosses and/or managers say they've blown off work or showed up late the day after the Super Bowl at least once before.

As mentioned earlier, all these problems could be fixed. Let's just move the Super Bowl to Saturday:

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