Huh? Cancel the Super Bowl in order to work better? Did you read this right? Well, it seems flu shots may help us stay on the job in winter, but if you really want to prevent lost productivity in January -- just cancel the Super Bowl. Un-American you say? Perhaps. But John Challenger told CNBC's Erin Burnett that the National Football League's annual orgy of touchdowns, tackles and sofa-oriented gluttony--may cost U.S. employers some $800 million this week.
The eponymous (the company is named after him) CEO of Challenger, Gray and Christmas -- a provider of executive recruitment and staffing consultance -- declared that telemetry based on past years, indicates that Super Bowl XLI would draw in 90 million viewers, with 57 million of those gainfully employed. For those workers, he used an earning-power metric of $22 per hour -- and assumed that those pigskin fanatics will each spend 10 minutes per day, on the employer's dime, surfing the Internet and glancing at newspapers.