According to calculations by the business outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the cost of workers slacking at the office to chat about the Big Game could soar to $1.1 billion.
That figure is based on the 48 million NFL fans who have jobs talking at least 10 minutes a day about football at a cost of $4.41 in wasted wages per person for each chat session.
Although $4.41 isnt much to lose from one worker in one day, it adds up to $1,058,400,000 when multiplied by all the football fans in the American workplace and the five-day work week.
Challenger CEO John Challenger says that estimate could be low because die-hard football fans may spend as much as 20 minutes a day at the watercooler debating the sport.
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