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March Madness office pools more popular than ever

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There wasn't a lot of work getting done in offices around the Valley Thursday and it's not hard to figure out why.

March Madness is underway, and that means a lot of time spent watching college basketball.

"No matter where I am, I'd be watching or listening in an earpiece or streaming through the computer," said landscape engineer Eric Lennox.

At Co-Hoots small business center in Phoenix, folks were keeping one eye on the college basketball games and the other on their brackets.

Jenny Poon has never participated in an office pool before but this year she joined the fun.

CBS 5 News asked what method she used to pick the winners.

"Who do I know that went to that school - or - cheer for all the Midwest states, and Arizona of course," said Poon.

Software developer Curtis Miller has a different strategy, hoping his basketball knowledge will give him an edge.

"Some of it was based on current rankings and some of it was based on past years and how they performed," said Miller.

Most participants said they signed up as a way to have bond with co-workers and fight for bragging rights.

"Ninety percent of the people who joined don't know anything about March Madness or college basketball," said Co-Hoots founder Odeen Domingo. "That is what March Madness is about."

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