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You Can Get Paid $1,000 to Watch Basketball During March Madness

It's the kind of thing you were doing anyhow.

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Pretty much everyone does a little TV binging at some point, whether or not they admit it. That's probably why those temporary gigs where you get paid to, say, watch The Office sound so appealing. Getting paid for something you're doing anyhow is appealing, even if it makes you pause and ask if 2020 has really come to this already.

For instance, you could earn $1,000 to watch March Madness. CableTV.com, which has previously hired people for gigs like watching a Marvel movie marathon, is looking for someone to watch 40 hours of college basketball, making about $25 an hour in the process. If you're selected, you'll be taking notes, posting on social media, and working from home. (Even if your home is a Buffalo Wild Wings.)

In addition to actual money, the hired basketball fan gets Sling TV with three months of Orange & Blue service (as well as the Cord-Cutters Bundle and Sports Pack), an AirTV Mini, an AirTV 2, an OTA antenna, a dry-erase bracket board, and custom CableTV basketball shirt. It's the shirt that's really clinching the deal for you, isn't it?

Applications must be received by March 11 at 7pm EST. All it requires is some details about your social media presence, a short blurb on why you're the person for the job, and an optional (but "highly recommended") video about why you're the person to get paid for sitting on your butt eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos. You might not know who is playing yet, but the madness begins in just over a week. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.