Die Hard NCAA Fans Might Not Show Up for Work

This is the time of year that work productivity takes a back seat to a malady called March Madness. Houston Public Radio’s Pat Hernandez tells us why.

The NCAA tournament may seem crazy because of what it does to work places around the country. This first week is the most exciting as the field of 64 teams is pared down to 16 on Sunday. Sports sociologist Dr. Tim DeLaney says there is no greater thrill ride.

“Anybody seemingly can win. We still haven’t had a 16 seed beat a number-1 seed, but we had a few occasions where a 15-seed has beaten a 2-seed and that almost happened much to Duke’s surprise. So basically, if you’re talking a 15-seed up, anybody really can win and, in the past, has won.”

This year’s field is so evenly matched, much to the delight of fans, but not their employers.

“Statistics show there’s a great deal of loss of productivity…anywhere from one and a half to two billion dollars because of people who are at work but not really doing their job.”

DeLaney says benefits to this madness include cheering for a sports team gives one a sense of identity, loyalty for the team & passion all positive emotions that need to be released especially in men.

“This is a great time for college basketball fans because they will see great games, they will see some upsets and they will see some dominant performances.”

The final four will be held in San Antonio the first weekend in April.

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News