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March Madness bad for business?

Experts differ on tournament’s impact on worker productivity

Siena's Ronald Moore (25) and the Saints will take on Purdue on Friday.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Siena's Ronald Moore (25) and the Saints will take on Purdue on Friday.
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Today starts the peak season for college basketball by way of the NCAA men’s tournament, also known as March Madness. But does that mean a drop in worker productivity tied to trash talking at the office water cooler, or a major boost to business as people pick up more Siena T-shirts in time for Friday’s game against Purdue? Economists and number crunchers are mixed on the question. Global outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas ...

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