Fantasy football costs employers this much a year

Obsessing over fantasy football is a cross most NFL fans bear, and a recent investigation claims the constant fussing over rosters at work is costing American employers a healthy wad of bills.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement consultancy, determined how much companies are losing in productivity due to workers tinkering with their fantasy lineups on the job.

After dialing in their calculations to workers on private, non-farm payrolls, the firm estimates fantasy football is costing businesses around $13.4 billion annually for the 15-week fantasy football schedule.

"We are not trying to demonize fantasy football," CEO John A. Challenger said. "It is important to understand that there are more distractions than ever in today’s workplace. If it’s not fantasy football, it’s the latest Hollywood gossip, shopping on Amazon or checking Facebook."

The firm asserts that companies would, ironically, decrease productivity by clamping down on fantasy football, citing the devastation it would have on morale.

Instead, they encourage companies to form their own fantasy football leagues to foster camaraderie.


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