It's one of the most exciting times of the year for sports fans across the U.S.

NCAA basketball's March Madness has a lot of people in the office paying attention to their brackets to see who this year's big bracket buster is going to be. Some of your coworkers may even have money on this year's tournament.

But is all the basketball excitement distracting people from work?

Now, one study confirms what some of us have probably felt for quite some time...March Madness has an effect on work productivity. The NY Post says that a survey conducted by OfficeTeam proves this.

Professionals said they spend on average of 25.5 minutes per day on sports-related activities in the office during the college basketball playoff. With the tournament spread across 15 workdays, that’s the equivalent of six hours per employee.

The survey says most of the participants are men between the ages of 18 to 34.