Fantasy Football could cost employers $6.5 billion in lost productivity.
According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, if 22.3 million American workers spend one hour each week managing their fantasy football team, the cost to the nation's employers in terms of wages paid to unproductive workers over the course of the typical 15-week fantasy football season could approach $6.5 billion.
Challenger chief executive John Challenger noted that the estimate, if accurate, "would not even register as a blip on the economic radar."
"Employers will not see any impact on their bottom line and, for the most part, business will proceed as usual. However, even if the economic impact is faint, it is important to acknowledge fantasy football's overall impact as a societal and workplace phenomenon."