Fantasy football may cost employers more than $13 billion in lost productivity, as millions of Americans who spend the season helming imaginary football teams spend work hours reviewing player statistics and managing their pretend rosters.
Chicago-based outplacement consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which calculated the estimate, emphasized that it "fully acknowledges the absurdity" of trying to put a firm dollar amount on lost work output resulting from the virtual competition.
"We are not trying to demonize fantasy football," CEO John A. Challenger said in a statement. "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."