A New York teen got 40,000 people to sign a petition to move the Super Bowl to Saturdays

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  • A New York teen has amassed more than 40,000 signatures on a petition to move the Super Bowl to Saturdays.
  • Frankie Ruggeri wants the change so more kids (and adults) can stay up late without consequences come Monday.
  • Fans have asked for this for a long time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last year that it probably won’t happen.
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A 16-year-old boy in New York who is lobbying the NFL to move the Super Bowl to Saturdays instead of Sundays has got more than 40,000 people to sign a petition he started.

Frankie Ruggeri believes fans stay up late to watch the big game, which poses challenges for children who have to wake up early for school and adults who have to work on Mondays, he told CNN.

The teenager made a Change.org petition in which he argued that moving the day would help the NFL by boosting viewership.

When asked about the response to his petition, an elated Frankie told CNN, “Oh my gosh! It’s like if the Rams won the Super Bowl pretty much.”

Frankie’s idea crystallised over dinner a week ago as the Ruggeri family, from upstate New York, was discussing the playoffs.

The boy’s father, Frank Ruggeri, told CNN that Frankie “has a lot of passion in his heart. When he gets on one thing, he really sticks with it.”

Fans have been pushing for a Saturday Super Bowl since the first one 53 years ago, according to CBS Sports.

However, in 2018, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the Kyle Brandt Football Experience that the day is unlikely to change.

He said: “The reason we haven’t done it in the past is simply just from an audience standpoint. The audiences on Sunday night are so much larger.

“Fans want to have the best opportunity to be able to see the game and we want to give that to them, so Sunday night is a better night.”

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