NCAA tourney causing a stir in the workplace

Posted at: 03/20/2013 6:19 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 6:21 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The NCAA tournament is causing quite a stir - not only on the UNM campus--- but in the office.

Some companies just don't mind brackets in the office.

"I see people talking about it all the time, and comparing their brackets and making little side bets so I know it's something people are talking about," said Christina Sharp, General Manager for Regus in Albuquerque.

"I always participate, I always lose but I always get in there and I always participate," said Windstream employee Mike Johnson.

Windstream sales director Ed Hernandez says the madness has taken his company like wildfire nationwide.

"When we have our conference calls you can hear the bantering going back and forth about who is going to do what and I always plug my Lobos - they all say, those guys, those Lobos are doing pretty good," said Hernandez.

But at large New Mexico employers; like APS, the City of Albuquerque, Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs and PNM - bracket betting isn't allowed.

They say gambling is illegal. Plus, the brackets waste a lot of time.

That's fine with some.

It's March Madness, what does that mean to you? We asked Regus secretary Jennifer Damato.

"Not much! I don't follow basketball," she responded.

Others are very secretive about their office brackets.

"I think they have invented now windows that you can close very quickly when your boss comes around the corner and of course all the little gadgets we can carry," said Monica Meilleur.

People like our own Stu Dyson aren't shy about talking about their favorite picks.

"Look who is winning the whole thing there! That's objectivity right there, no bias," said Dyson. Dyson is picking the UNM Lobos to win the championship.