Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

Article excerpt

The NCAA men's basketball tournament continues today with games from the round of 16. At this point, I don't even know who to root for anymore, other than Indiana and Marquette. And I don't even like Marquette. If you're like me, you entered several tournament contests and you like railroads. But even if you're not like me, you probably still entered at least one NCAA tournament contest. My problem is that every bracket I filled out is different, and I don't remember which teams I picked in each one.

On top of that, I'm also in a contest where you just get whatever team is drawn out of a hat when it's your turn. I got Marquette and Oklahoma State. So I guess I'm kind of rooting for Marquette, even though in most of my brackets I had them being upset by Butler.

And then there is the contest where you choose a square in a grid, and the final score of each game is used to determine which square wins (it isn't as complicated as it might sound). My squares have not yet won.

So, just how much time have I wasted doing all of this, and how much is it costing the newspaper? Well, opinions on that vary. And believe it or not, there are those - myself included - who think these tournament contests do more good than harm.

Experts like Lena Bottos of Salary.com, will tell you that the time wasted by employees during March Madness each year costs the economy somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion. It really got bad, the experts contend, in 2006, when CBS started offering free live streaming of every game in the tournament.

Of course, now every game is televised in its entirety, on four different networks. That happens to work out great for our newsroom, where we have a bank of four televisions. Typically, if a game is close at the end, plenty of people will gather around the television until it ends.

The biggest problem critics have with the tournament is lost wages, time that employees are getting paid to work even though they're not working. …

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