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Fans of college basketball lose focus during tournament time

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The time has come when hardcore college basketball fans, and even casual fans take their attention away from work and put it on the sport they love.

The best basketball teams in the country have hit the hardwood and fanatics like Hannah Stovall love every minute of it.

"March Madness is awesome. Everybody can go celebrate their teams. I think college basketball players are really in it with their hearts. I love to see it," said Stovall.

Pepper's Bar and Grill in Cedar Falls has been flooded with basketball fans since they opened Thursday morning. You need several TV's to watch all the games.

"We'll have more people in and out all day long watching games in their spare time off work. Some people do take the day off and watch the whole day's worth of basketball here which is nice. It's a little busier than a normal Thursday," said Pepper's Assistant Manager, Dustin Korkow.

According to an annual survey March Madness drains productivity on average about 90 minutes a day, which costs companies, around the country, millions of dollars. For those who love the tournament, however, it's worth it. Other fans will find time to watch the games just on their breaks.

Steve Pleis has season tickets to both the UNI Panthers and Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball teams. While they aren't in the NCAA tournament he stays in the action by filling out a bracket.

"I filled out six to eight of them at a time," said Pleis.

Despite the hit to productivity fans say every minute is worth it for the love of their team.

While the tournament might hurt productivity it also has some benefits. According to the same annual survey employee morale increases and workers tend to come together and work better as team in the long term.

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