Businesses and their IT departments often dread the opening round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The first two days — always a Thursday and a Friday — feature games that start at 12:00 PM Eastern, and the games are now broadcast over the Internet, which means millions of workers can watch from their desks. And that means productivity losses and bandwidth problems.
During the start of the 2008 NCAA Tournament last week, TechRepublic asked if IT departments were doing anything to block the tournament on their networks. We discovered that only 45% of respondents (see below) were using content filtering to block users from watching the basketball games on their office computers.
We also discovered that 54% of companies (see next graph below) had a policy prohibiting employees from watching the NCAA Tournament from their office computers.
And we found out that about half of the respondents had a March Madness bracket contest with an office pool to reward the winners.
As a follow-up, TechRepublic is running two additional polls:
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