LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s the busiest time of the year at Print-Tex in Jeffersontown – after its championship shirts last year, owner Steve Dutton is gearing up for another title run of his own.
It's the busiest time of the year at Print-Tex in Jeffersontown -- after its University of Louisville championship shirts last year, owner Steve Dutton is gearing up for another title run of his own.
“I won it last year and I am going for a two-peat as well this year,” he said.
Dutton is the reigning champion in his office's popular bracket pool.
“Teams on the West Coast I don't see too much so I kind of go by rank and what I hear on Sports Center,” Dutton said.
NCAA brackets are available right under the employee time clock. Kyle Frakes has been running the $5 pool for 12 years.
“It's fun. it can be a little time consuming to get all the brackets entered,” Frakes said.
Most of Print-Tex's thirty employees play.
A 2009 Microsoft survey estimated 50 million Americans fill out NCAA brackets for office pools.
The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas figures that if each of those workers spends one hour of work time on brackets -- the cost to U.S. employers is $1.2 billion in wages paid for non-work.
“I don't really see that actually. From our standpoint, is there a little bit of time invested in putting those together? Yes. But most people literally study them,” Dutton said. “They study them at home.”
Yet, once the games begin, Andrew Challenger warns just a handful of employees live streaming them on their computers can effectively jam Internet connectivity for the entire office.
“This means the productivity of workers might be affected even if they're not caught up in March Madness,” Andrew Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas said. “Every corporate IT manager can attest that even just a handful of employees live streaming games can effectively slow down the Internet connectivity for the entire office.”