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Tuesday Blogdome: NCAA Tourney to cost U.S. $192 million in productivity, say experts

Mar 15, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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It might be fun to see who calls in sick or takes extra-long smoke breaks over the next few weeks. This year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, now featuring four additional teams, could have an even bigger impact on worker productivity, according to business consultants Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc.

Thanks to wider access to smart phones and tablets, Challenger estimates that online viewership is likely to reach 8.4 million hours during the three-week long tournament, which begins Tuesday with special qualifying games. Using average hourly earnings of $22.87 among private-sector workers, Challenger estimates the total financial impact from lost productivity at more than $192 million. [Nashville Business Journal]

  • UConn’s Kemba Walker on playing five games in five days. “Yesterday oh man I was extremely tired, but it really hit me this morning. Yesterday I was able to come in and get some treatment, but when I woke up this morning I was feeling like an old man.” … [Sports Radio Interviews]
  • Oops: London 2012 Olympics Countdown Clock Stops One Day Into Countdown. Unveiled to much pomp and circumstance less than 24 hours ago, the London 2012 Olympics countdown clock has ceased to perform its only task, which was to count down the days, hours, minutes, etc. until the official opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. The countdown clock, located in Trafalgar Square, locked up and froze with 500 days and 7:06:56 displayed. Yeah, that’s not good, especially given LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Game) chairman Lord Coe’s statements regarding the clock he made just yesterday. … [Sportress of Blogitude]

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