This weekend brings the Super Bowl, that annual festival of traditions including overpriced commercials, seven-layer dip and a curious one for we business writers: statistics on how much productivity is "lost" due to the game.
I've seen different numbers bandied about:
Employers lose $820 or $850 million due to game chitchat (both stats are out there).
An extra 1.5 million people call in sick the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, probably because they're hungover. (Using this argument, there is even a petition circulating now to have the White House declare the Monday after a national holiday.)
A time-tracking software company recently sent me a statistic that businesses lose $1.1 billion per week due to fantasy football.