Counting the Cost: Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football

With the Fantasy Football season quickly approaching, Fox News reports a startling discovery: Fantasy football owners cost employers as much as $1.1 billion a week in lost productivity, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • Nearly 37 million people spend an average of 50 minutes a week at work managing their fantasy teams comprised of real-life players tallying points based on statistical performance
  • Fantasy sports ranks with shopping on eBay Inc.’s Web auction site and online poker as the biggest waste of productivity at the workplace
  • Owners spend 34 minutes a day just thinking about their teams and spend close to $500 a year on fantasy sports

So, why don’t employers just ban fantasy football altogether?

“The potential damage to morale and loyalty resulting from a fantasy football ban could be far worse than the loss of productivity caused by 10 minutes of online team management,” said [CEO John] Challenger.

Although I couldn’t have sighted these statistics 6 years ago, these are the exact reasons that I bowed out of fantasy sports after winning back to back fantasy championships in football and baseball during my senior year of high school. Imagine if the same workers were thinking about God 34 minutes a day and averaging 50 minutes a week working for the kingdom at the workplace–there would be an explosion of impact for Christ.

So, is it wrong to compete (is that the right term?, how about participate) in fantasy sports? Not inherently. But I do believe that those who participate need to count the cost. Focusing on fantasy sports can pose a distraction to the reality of Christ.

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