I may be the wrong person to ask about this, since when the story posted I was checking my two fantasy baseball lineups instead of working. But when I read that fantasy football may be costing companies more than $13 billion a year in lost productivity, my first thought was, “That’s all?”
First of all, as the CEO of the company that did this survey points out, the entire Internet is built on the concept that people are looking for anything to do at work but work:
“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.”
The difference is that there aren’t any TMZ.com-based fantasy leagues in which you get points each time someone on your roster of celebrities gets arrested or divorced or caught canoodling. You might be spending time at work reading Hollywood gossip stuff on the Web, but you’re not hassling your co-workers with trade offers. “Come on! Lindsay Lohan for Jennifer Aniston! You need arrests! This is a good deal for you!!!”
Anyone who plays fantasy football knows that the only way to really play it is to obsess about it. And confining your obsession to after-work hours is ... well, it’s just not fair to your family. I know which of the people in my fantasy league are allowed to check the site at work and which aren’t, and the former group is a lot more fun to play with. I also happen to believe they’re probably better adjusted, earn more per year and smell better than the latter group, but Chicago-based outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray and Christmas hasn’t yet released the data on that.
Anyway, I’d write more on this, but I’m about to be late for my next mock draft.