|Football fever likely to cost Britain billions
[ 2006-06-06 09:07 ]
A photographer is outlined against the 2006 FIFA
World Cup logo projected on a
English football fans watching World Cup matches on their office
computer screens could cost their employers billions of pounds, according
to a report released on Monday.
The BBC has said its policy of
making matches available live on the Internet "will allow people to do
their job and keep up with the very latest action", but analysts at
Brabners Chaffe Street are not so sure about the "doing their job" part of
Their study reckons that if half of all British workers spend just one
hour a day watching footie online, the British economy could find itself
four billion pounds out of pocket.
That is without factoring in the number of days lost through workers
calling in sick when they are hungover -- though 80 percent of managers
have said, in another survey, that they are not going to tolerate such
behaviour this year.
On the other hand, some businesses stand to make a tidy profit from
English football mania -- not least pubs.
Nearly one in four English people have said they plan to watch the
games pint in hand.
According to a study also published on Monday, fans in England -- not
including the ones who are actually travelling to Germany for the
tournament -- are likely to spend an average of 60 pounds each every time
Twenty-six of those pounds are set to go on gambling, but that still
leaves 34, which break down as 13 on food and drink, five on
transportation, and 12 on boozy celebration or sorrows-drowning, depending
on the result.
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