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Watching the Big Dance is gonna cost employers $192 million

As you spend the rest of today and Friday and work watching NCAA tournament games and checking on the status of your bracket game-by-game, consider this: The Big Dance will cost the US. $192 million in lost worker productivity.

Hope that $5 you used to submit your bracket is worth it.

How is this possible? Consultants Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. estimate that online viewership is likely to reach 8.4 million hours during the three-week tournament. At an average hourly earning of $22.87, that’s quite the chunk of change.

So maybe you should just leave work now. Download a doctor’s note from and go have some buffalo wings while you watch some hoops.

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