By Jeff Gebert:

There once was a time when baseball was considered America’s favorite pastime, but the Super Bowl is now arguably the biggest sporting event of the year. With all the hype and money going into advertisements and team merchandise, people might just be more into football than they are baseball.

It seems everybody watches the Super Bowl. Maybe they are rooting for their favorite team, maybe they enjoy the big budget commercials or maybe they simply feel like they are obligated to watch it whether or not they care. This past game was watched by 111.3 million viewers, making it the most watched U.S. TV telecast of all time.

With all the hype that surrounds this yearly game, it begs the question: is the Super Bowl an American holiday? It certainly feels like one. It’s one day out of the year that people hype up for months and stores have special sales and products commemorating it.

How does the University of Wisconsin–Stout feel about the topic of the Super Bowl being a holiday?

“Yes, I would say it’s a holiday,” says junior Brad Hause. “So many people take part in it in some aspect.”

Others do not agree, however.

“No,” says freshman Matt Dary. “It’s not that important.”

“No, I don’t think it should be a holiday,” says senior Felicia Hallstrand. “It’s just an event.”

While it may not be recognized as a traditional American holiday, there are certainly fans who make as big of a deal about Super Bowl Sunday as they do Christmas. The extent  to which the event should be celebrated is up to you.

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