Tournament Excitement Could Cost Businesses

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Day 2 of March Madness has already seen a lot of exciting basketball, but that excitement could cost employers.

One place full of excitement Wednesday was Kickback Jack's in Greensboro. WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright went to the restaurant at noon and arrived to a parking lot full of cars.

There were people there enjoying the game on their own time, while many others spent their lunch breaks, or even skipped work all together, to watch basketball.

"I took a half a day vacation," said one customer.

Another laughed and said, "If I was working during the day, I would probably call in."

The most interesting part of the afternoon was the number of people who wouldn't even go on camera because they were supposed to be at work.

And, one study shows this sort of behavior is common in March.

A report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. says the tournament could cost companies a lot of money. Results show companies could stand to lose up to $1.2 billion in lack of productivity during the first week of the tournament.

That same report shows about 50 million people across the country are participating in March Madness office pools.


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