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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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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, Who’s In?

NCAA march madnessThe NCAA college basketball tournament begins today, and with it comes the start of the 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Once again, some of of the best and brightest on-air and behind-the-scenes names in TV news compete to be the last one standing. 2013′s winner, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, is back to defend his crown. Here’s who he’s up against:

Team ABC:

Gio Benitez, Correspondent

Rick Klein, Political Director

Sandy Cannold, EP/Senior Business Editor

Team Bloomberg:

Matt Miller, Auto and Aviation Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Team CBS News:

Chris Licht, VP, Programming/EP, “CBS This Morning”

Norah O’Donnell, Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

Greg Bracco, Broadcast Graphics

Team CNBC:

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TVNewser’s March Madness Bracket Challenge is Back

NCAA-March-MadnessMarch Madness is back on TVNewser, as our 2014 NCAA college basketball tournament bracket will launch this week.

Last year, CBS VP of Programing and EP of “CBS This Morning” Chris Licht took home the prize, narrowly beating out CNN’s Tom Foreman by three points.

Invites have been sent to the entire TV news world, and there’s still time to get in.

Just shoot your humble TVNewser editor—who’s embarking on his first-ever bracket—an email if you’d like to be included in this year’s competition (jordan@mediabistro.com).

And be on the lookout for our first-round bracket post later this week.

Bret Baier Pays Tribute to Former ‘Special Report’ Intern, Professional Soccer Player

“Special Report” host Bret Baier paid tribute last night to his former intern and Major League Soccer player Shawn Kuykendall, who died at the age of 32 from cancer.

“He will be forever remembered as a man of faith and laughter,” Baier said of his former intern, adding that Shawn loved time with family, singing, playing guitar, and taking selfies.

After playing for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United and New York Red Bulls, Kuykendall interned for Baier, followed by a role on FNC’s assignment desk for over a year.

“We’ll miss you Shawn. Fair, balanced, and just as Shawn faced death…unafraid.”

Here’s a Sure Sign of Spring: MLB Network Announces Spring Training Schedule

As the Olympics wind down, MLB Network has announced its schedule of more than 200 Spring Training games, the most games ever for the 5-year-old network. Games begins Wednesday on MLB, now available in more than 70 million homes, and continue with at least one live game each day through March 29. The games include the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals March 9, World Series champion Boston Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 10, and Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees on March 12. MediabistroTV went behind the scenes of MLB TV for our “Cubes” series. Take a look:

Thomas Roberts: If NFL Can Overlook Alleged Murderers, Why Not ‘Nice, Clean-Cut Gay Guy’

Thomas Roberts 304Football and TV news personalities alike have been responding to the first potentially gay NFL player after Missouri lineman Michael Sam came out on Sunday in interviews with The New York Times and ESPN.

Sam’s interview with the Times appears to have been pre-produced well ahead of time with a companion video with Sam opening up about his sexuality: “I didn’t want anyone to break a story without me telling it…I want to tell it the way I want to tell it.”

Speaking with ESPN’s Chris Connelly, Sam revealed what coming out to his college teammates was like: “They took it great. They rallied around me and supported me. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

And on “Morning Joe” this morning, openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts expressed support.

“If the league can overlook alleged murderers, wife beaters, and people who don’t pay child support, I don’t think letting in a nice clean-cut gay guy is going to hurt anybody.”

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CBS Lands NFL Thursday Night Games for 2014 Season

NFLONCBSCBS has won the rights to air eight early season NFL games on Thursday nights during the 2014 season, CBS and the NFL announced today.

The early season package of games will be simulcasted on The NFL Network, who will exclusively televise eight late season games. The mix of games will feature 14 on Thursday nights and two late season games on Saturday.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is excited at the opportunity to reach a wider audience: “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

All games will be produced by CBS with its broadcast duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling Thursday night games. NFL Network talent will also be featured on CBS games during pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

The deal is for the 2014 season with the NFL holding an option for an additional year.

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