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Tony Reali Joins ‘Good Morning America’

TonyRealiAs part of Tony Reali‘s new contract with ESPN, the longtime host of “Around the Horn” will also join “Good Morning America” as a social media contributor.

“I am thrilled to be hosting ‘Around the Horn’ on ESPN for four more years. To move the show to New York and become a member of the ‘GMA’ family is a dream,” said Reali.

As a contributor to GMA, Reali will engage with fans, monitor social media activity and highlight trending from the recently unveiled “Social Square.”

Reali as born on Staten Island and grew up in Morganville, NJ. He joined ESPN in 2000 as a writer and researcher for the quiz show, “Two Minute Drill.”

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Fox Business to Sponsor Pro Golfer

Jason DufnerAs the Masters tournament kicks off this weekend, Fox Business Network is getting in on the action–the business network is sponsoring professional golfer Jason Dufner, Variety reports.

Dufner, who won the 2013 PGA Championship, will don the FBN logo on his shirt collar starting Monday.

“Our viewers are champions of business and industry and they are interested in golf and tennis, and we saw a lot of correlation there, “ said Brian Jones, senior vice president of programming and operations at Fox Business Network.

“You will see our brand logos on his apparel, and then we will talk to him as the season progresses about personal appearances on the channel and, obviously, social media,” said Jones, who declined to discuss how much FBN was paying in the sponsorship pact.

The amount FBN is paying for the sponsorship hasn’t been disclosed.

And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’ Preview

Final FourThe NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s “Final Four” will be played tomorrow in Texas, as the one-seeded Florida Gators take on the seven-seeded Connecticut Huskies, while the two-seeded Wisconsin Badgers square off against the eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

Meanwhile, the 2014 TVNewser bracket challenge is razor thin atop the leaderboard. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in first place in our challenge consisting of 43 on-air and behind-the-scenes TV news pros, with Florida as his predicted winner.

“Being from Nebraska, I’m sure that I have never before cheered for any Florida team,” Myers tells TVNewser. “But, GO GATORS! It would be ‘Awesome baby,’” stealing a phrase from legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale.

Fox News copy editor Martin Hill trails Myers by one point. Hill tells TVNewser Myers has an unfair advantage.

“Since he has led the NCAA pool all the way, and he is a professional weather forecaster, I think it’s obvious Chad has some sort of psychic connection to the future. Is that really fair?”

We’ll update you on which TV newser is atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s action. A reminder of the current standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Who’s Leading Now?

NCAA march madnessHalfway through the Sweet 16, we wanted to update you on the leaderboard for TVNewser’s 2014 March Madness bracket challenge.

With four more games tonight, standings atop our rankings are tight. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is hanging on to a one-point lead over Fox News’s senior copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Rounding out the top five are CNBC Public Relations SVP Brian Steel, ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, and PBS program executive Ty West, with only four points currently separating the top five competitors.

And how the TV-news mighty have fallen: last year’s champion, CBS News VP and “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, finds himself in a three-way tie for 28th place. Don’t worry Chris—your humble TVNewser editor is not faring much better, currently in a five-way tie for 31st place.

Look out for the full standings heading into the “Elite 8″ tomorrow.

2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: ‘Sweet 16′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Sweet 16,” as this past weekend produced some more big upsets in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dayton continued its upset streak, this time beating the Syracuse Orange, while Stanford took down Kansas. The “next round of competition begins Thursday.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Like the last round,  the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Update

NCAA march madnessThe first full round of competition in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in the books, and upsets were the story, as both Duke and Ohio State were beaten by Mercer and Dayton, respectively.

The third round will be played today and tomorrow, resulting in the teams that will go on to play in the “Sweet 16.”

The competition is scoring huge TV ratings as usual, as well as record-breaking digital traffic, our sister site Lost Remote reports.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also underway, and the participants are some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. This early on, the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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