fantasy football

Business week published an article about fantasy football.  The excerpt is interesting.

The problem is, it’s not. Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that American companies could be losing as much as $1.5 billion in productivity during an average football season because of fantasy leagues. As a result, a war is escalating between office managers and rank-and-file fantasy junkies. And, like surfing questionable sites from your cube, playing in an office fantasy league can now get you fired. Last October four employees at Fidelity Investments in Westlake, Tex., were let go for alleged participation in a fantasy football league, which was deemed a violation of the company’s anti-gambling policy. Among the accused was 26-year-old Cameron Pettigrew, who had worked as an account representative at Fidelity for almost three years. He was taken into a conference room and interrogated about his fantasy football activities for, by Pettigrew’s estimate, 90 minutes.

“It seemed so over the top,” Pettigrew remembers. “They were really intent on getting me to name names.”

While workplace gambling is a serious problem, I am not so sure it should be isolated to football.  It is not a surprise that an office staff built around incentive pay and regular business gambling habits would have a strong fantasy football following.  In the end, I am sure there are some upper level managers that are intimidated to know that there are superior strategic gamblers within the ranks of their office.

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