Rome Hartman Crowned TVNewser EP Bracket Challenge Winner

By kevin 

Three weeks ago, we challenged executive producers from all the news networks to take part in our NCAA basketball tournament bracket challenge.

At the time, “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman told us that he was “constitutionally incapable of picking against Duke even if my head tells me not to.” As one of his staffers put it, “there rests the fate of BBC World News America pride.”

After nearly everyone lost their champion pick, Kansas, in the first few days, the competition remained tight. David Friedman (“The Early Show”) led for much of the way, until David Tabacoff (“The O’Reilly Factor”) took the lead.

While Hartman was out of the top five for most of the tourney, his stubbornness about sticking with his alma mater ended up launching him to first pace when all was said and done, which means he’s officially crowned the 2010 Boss of All Bosses champ. Congratulations, sir.

MSNBC’s Chris Licht (“Morning Joe”) is the first runner up followed by Tabacoff, Amy Sohnen (“O’Reilly Factor”) and a three-way tie for fifth between Bob Epstein (“NBC Nightly News”), Kim Rosenberg (“FOX Report”), and your TVNewser editor.

Here’s Hartman’s winning bracket and check out the full standings after the jump.

Rank Name Score Correct Show
1 Rome Hartman 106 36 BBC World News America
2 Chris Licht 81 36 Morning Joe
3 David Tabacoff 75 39 The O’Reilly Factor
4 Amy Sohnen 74 35 The O’Reilly Factor
5 Bob Epstein 68 34 NBC Nightly News
5 Kevin Allocca 68 35 TVNewser
5 Kim Rosenberg 68 37 FOX Report
8 David Friedman 67 41 The Early Show
8 Gary Schreier 67 36 Fox Business Network
10 Tom Cibrowski 66 37 Good Morning America
11 Betsy Fischer 59 33 Meet the Press
11 Stephanie Todd 59 35 Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell
13 Bill Wolff 58 34 The Rachel Maddow Show
13 Carin Pratt 58 36 Face the Nation
15 Michael Kane 57 36 CNN Money Unit
15 Regina Gilgan 57 33 Mad Money
17 Jon Banner 55 32 ABC World News
18 Ramona Schindelheim 53 34 CNBC Business Day
19 Matt Quayle 46 31 Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street
20 Alex Crippen 42 29 CNBC and
21 Sanford Cannold 35 25 Power Lunch, Street Signs