During this morning’s news budget meeting we briefly discussed an ingenious invention: The Boss Button.
Employees can click the button while watching live streaming video of the NCAA’s March Madness tourney online.
So if you’re watching UCLA destroy Mississippi Valley from you work computer on Thursday, and your boss approaches, you can click The Boss Button.
The game video on your screen will instantly disappear and your work document will magically reappear.
Ingenious, right? And where was The Boss Button during fantasy football?
Here’s according to a Forbes report, republished on CNN.com: “This year, get ready for an explosion of interest in NCAA games. CBS Sports, which broadcasts the games, is giving a wide variety of Web sites permission to link directly to its live streaming video. So your employees will no doubt be tempted to watch online at NCAA.com, YouTube, ESPN.com, Yahoo!Sports, or Sports Illustrated’s web site, SI.com. The live video will also be available on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/brackets.”
A report published by CareerBuilders.com notes that 19 percent of U.S. employees have participated in a March Madness pool.
And while gambling on pro sports is illegal – except for in Nevada and Atlantic City – it’s not a crime that’s likely to be punished, according to a Chicago attorney quoted in the Forbes piece.
So, are you betting in an office pool this year? Do you think your company should encourage or discourage office pools? Are you a boss who is dreading the next two weeks because you know workplace production is going to dip dramatically?
We want to know.
Gabe Semenza/Advocate journalist
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