The hidden business benefits of fantasy football

Football! The real kind, with shoulder pads and helmets and touchdowns. Americans love it. We watch and we cheer and cry over our favorite team’s ups and downs. And we fantasize over it — big time.

In the countless fantasy football leagues that have sprung in recent years, players act as team managers who get to pick their own teams out of the ranks of real football players. The statistics from each player’s real weekly statistics are used to determine who won each each week.

It’s all harmless fun, except in one respect: time. Career services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas calculates that fantasy football costs $13 billion per year in lost productivity. Perhaps understandably, the sight of employees industriously building spreadsheets to manage their teams causes some managers to freak out. Oh my word! My entire business is going to fall apart because everyone in marketing is playing in a fantasy football league!

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3 thoughts on “The hidden business benefits of fantasy football

  1. I am in two different fantasy football leagues – one with childhood friends and one with former work colleagues. The benefits are there, I think, as it’s a good way to keep in touch, and it’s lighthearted affair.

    I work for myself, so the time sink is a cost borne by me. I’m glad I’m not doing this under the watchful eyes of an HR department. I’d hate to have a psychometric analysis of my player draft strategy put in my permanent file and secretly used against me.

  2. Its good to analysis the strategy skills of your employees by analysis their team work during game because it will help the HR manager to put the right skill on right place. As well as it will increase the feeling of team spirit and also provide refreshment to employees in their work place which will ultimately increase their feeling of association towards the organisation.

  3. FF is a form of fantasy entertainment where a collection of people (owners) choose a make-believe team of players through a yearly draft or auction. Participants accumulate points each week based on the real statistics of actual NFL players.

    By the way, thank you for the tips. I love this.

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