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Fantasy Football costs American companies big bucks!

I knew it was a lot, but had no idea it was this much!

Fantasy Football costly to employers

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Fantasy football will cost U.S. employers $9.2 billion in lost work time this season, a private research group said.

Business researchers Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Monday the 17-week National Football League schedule will subtract 1.19 hours of productivity per week from about 17 million Americans who participate.

Using salaries information supplied by the Fantasy Sports Association, the average fantasy footballer earns $80,000 per year with 70 percent of the participants earning between $50,000 and $149,000.

That amounts to an average loss of $45.22 per week per player, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.

"Most employers understand that not every minute of the day is dedicated to work. In fact, in today's 24-7 global economy, it is likely that work bleeds into our personal lives," said Chief Executive Officer John Challenger.

Clearly, 17 million workers sacked is unlikely, but Challenger advocated for leaving well enough alone.

"Managers should only crack down on those whose work is clearly suffering from the added distraction. An across-the-board ban on all fantasy football or sports Web sites could backfire in the form of reduced morale and loyalty," he said.

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As an AP Statistics teacher, I've got to say that this study is 100% bogus.

It mentions nothing about how well or badly people worked after spending time on fantasy football. Other studies show that employees who spend some work time discussing non-work matters are more likely to be happier and more productive during the time that they ARE working.

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As an AP Statistics teacher, I've got to say that this study is 100% bogus.

It mentions nothing about how well or badly people worked after spending time on fantasy football. Other studies show that employees who spend some work time discussing non-work matters are more likely to be happier and more productive during the time that they ARE working.

Don't they make even larger loss claims about the NCAA's March Madness Tourney?

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As an AP Statistics teacher, I've got to say that this study is 100% bogus.

It mentions nothing about how well or badly people worked after spending time on fantasy football. Other studies show that employees who spend some work time discussing non-work matters are more likely to be happier and more productive during the time that they ARE working.

Don't they make even larger loss claims about the NCAA's March Madness Tourney?

Haha, yeah. This study seems to be recycled for pretty much every major sporting event. You hear it every year for the Super Bowl as well :P

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The state of Ky won't even let us log on to ESPN at work. Probably a good thing for me!

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Anything I try to access at work with fantasty football mentioned somewhere is immediately restricted...and probably sends a red flag to someone somewhere monitoring the bandwidth numbers...ala management. So needless to say, they make it very difficult to plan my draft rankings! :D

But Ox, we do get ESPN...and it is a bad thing! :) That must be rough not getting that fix...do you have access to other sport news sites? Or is that a negative as well?

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Anything I try to access at work with fantasty football mentioned somewhere is immediately restricted...and probably sends a red flag to someone somewhere monitoring the bandwidth numbers...ala management. So needless to say, they make it very difficult to plan my draft rankings! :D

But Ox, we do get ESPN...and it is a bad thing! :) That must be rough not getting that fix...do you have access to other sport news sites? Or is that a negative as well?

Anything that isn't a state.gov site or a news site, or google, is restricted. I swear that network is on serious lockdown. I'd say that was more enforced after there was a huge porn bust at the transportation cabinet a couple years ago. Dudes were sitting in their cubicles downloading porn on state computers!

Go figure.

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Anything I try to access at work with fantasty football mentioned somewhere is immediately restricted...and probably sends a red flag to someone somewhere monitoring the bandwidth numbers...ala management. So needless to say, they make it very difficult to plan my draft rankings! :D

But Ox, we do get ESPN...and it is a bad thing! :) That must be rough not getting that fix...do you have access to other sport news sites? Or is that a negative as well?

Anything that isn't a state.gov site or a news site, or google, is restricted. I swear that network is on serious lockdown. I'd say that was more enforced after there was a huge porn bust at the transportation cabinet a couple years ago. Dudes were sitting in their cubicles downloading porn on state computers!

Go figure.

Nice. Our tax dollars at work.

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