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March Madness

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Hidden : 03/15/2010
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The brackets for the NCAA men's basketball championship tournament were picked Sunday, and although the games don't begin until Tuesday, the annual march of not doing much work at work begins Monday when workers will return to work with bracket printouts in hand to join office pools to see if they can pick which of 64 teams will win the tournament. The global outplacement consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that workers distracted by March Madness could cost employers as much as $1.8 billion in unproductive wages during the first week of the tournament, which ends April 5 with the championship game. And that loss is based on only 20 minutes of wasted time per day. That probably only includes a few peeks at scores throughout the day. The real time suck is in watching games stream live on the Internet, a task that could decrease Internet speeds at work. The service was first launched in 2003. Approximately 20,000 viewers purchased March Madness on Demand, as the video service is called, in 2005, and last year saw 8.6 million total hours of streamed audio and video during the tournament. Last year the Web streaming service attracted 7.52 million unique visitors, up 75% from 4.92 million in 2008. CBS Sports also reported last year that there were 2.77 million clicks on the "Boss Button," which allows viewers to watch the games from work but quickly pull up a fake spreadsheet if someone walks by their computer. During the first two days of the tournament, about half of the 32 games are played during business hours. West Coast fans can watch games as early as 9 a.m. The drop in worker output lessens as the tournament moves beyond the first two rounds because few games are played during office hours.

Here is something to work on between the games.


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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