Should semi/professional sports events be held on Christmas Day
(Inspired by Kevin Cadle , Nick Halling and Robin Tuckman from Sky Sport's NFL coverage) On Christmas Day the San Diego Chargers decimated the Tennessee Titans in an American football match. The NFL has held matches on Christmas Day occasionally since 1971 but should other sports leagues in countries like the UK not wait until Boxing day and hold matches on Christmas Day.
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Adds to entertainment already on Christmas Day whether on TV or not
Having sports events on Christmas day would give additional entertainment to people looking for events to bring the family together. Currently the schedules on television on the main channels are filled with either films movies, comedies, or drama on Christmas Day and Christmas eve.
Scheduling sports events would be another addition to the entertainment that is currently on offer on Christmas Day
Bring together communities
Having events on Christmas day could bring communities together as it would allow more people to celebrate christmas collectively with friends as well as family.
Christmas Day is a day traditionally reserved for families
Having sports events on Christmas day would undermine a holiday that is seen as a time for families to come together as it would deny a large amount .
It wouldn't just be sports players who have the right to some rest who would be affected. Other services like the emergency services especially the police and emergency services who normally have skeleton crews would not be able to do so because of the increased amounts of people going to sport . Also what about the media who cover sport. Most sports channels show repeats in the UK and it would mean extra travelling. In short it would deny a significant amount of a people a traditional public holiday that allows people to spend time with their families.
In the UK transport services are traditionally shut down on Christmas Day and run a limited service on Christmas Eve and Boxing day meaning that people would have a hard time getting to games. Also sports events on Christmas Day could increase pressure on local councils if there was snow or large amounts of black ice as a result of cold temperatures. Currently councils have limits on how much salt they can buy and Christmas day would strain those limits. This is amongst a number of factors that would be a disincentive to having professional sports events on christmas
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