Super Bowl a super burden?

Watercooler chatter about the big game could cost U.S. employers $800 million in lost productivity
||Last Updated: 02/20/2004


his year’s Super Bowl — the championship game of the National Football League — could end up costing U.S. employers more than $800 million (all figures U.S.) in lost wages.

The reason: 10 minutes spent each day by football fans talking about the big game instead of working. Every 10 minutes of unproductive work chatting about the merits of the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers costs employers an average of $2.59 per worker, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a global outplacement firm.