The Final Four office pool has recently come under fire, proving once again that eternal verity that someone can find fault with even the most enjoyable and innocuous of pleasures. A growing army of cynics, the adult equivalent of hall monitors, are asserting that "bracketeering" has become a drain on worker productivity. One consulting firm estimates that employees participating in pools will cost businesses upwards of $2 billion in lost labor this month.
"The probability of the next foul being called on a team increases as the net foul differential increases," Pierce says. "So, fans who keep an eye on the foul trends during a game can be pretty certain that if their team has two fouls and the other team has six, their team will be called for the next foul."
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