Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket

The above bracket will be updated at the end of each day of WCIA competition to reflect that day’s results.

After going through all of your nominations, then having y’all rank the contenders and eliminate the chaff from the wheat, we’re proud to present the first round match-ups for this year’s Worst Company in America tournament!

As you’ll see from the image below, there are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts Live Nation and eBay).

There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.

Voting will begin tomorrow, March 19. In the early rounds, each match will be open for votes for only a few hours. While they are open, polls will be placed at the top of the homepage and in a sidebar slot. We’ll post the results and update the bracket at the end of each day.

With no further ado… here is the full bracket (updated daily):

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  1. LauraNorthrup says:

    If I were going to put money on this–which I wouldn’t be allowed to do even if that were actually a thing–I would predict that Target will go all the way.

  2. Merlyn says:

    EA for the Three-Peat?

    Target is definitely a strong contender. Maybe the two will meet in the finals.

  3. SingleMaltGeek says:

    EA vs. TWC in the first round? Those two should both make it to at least the semifinals!

  4. oomingmak says:

    I watched a double-feature of Blackfish and Food, Inc. a few weeks ago. What a depressing evening. I wouldn’t mind seeing Monsanto and Sea World go head-to-head in the finals.

    Interesting to see that Apple managed to miss the bracket this year — not that I think they really ever deserved a spot. No Google or Samsung either. People must be happy with their smartphones.

  5. Alecto67 says:

    With the recent revelations that Target was warned about the data breach by their own security vendors, and didn’t do anything about it, I’d have a hard time not time giving them the win.

  6. craftman1 says:

    Can we just agree that Koch Industries itself doesn’t really do anything terrible or nefarious to consumers, and that it is only on this list because young-ish anti-establishment Consumerist readers are oh-so excited to stick it to the two men who actively run it?

    Look at the brand names they are behind. No terrible PR or customer service stories. Hate on the Koch brothers’ politics all you want, their company is fine.

    • econobikerredux says:

      Problem is that the brothers are bending laws and politicians to increase their wealth (from the company) at the expense of the citizens.
      Wal-Mart has a similar issue except that the uberwealthy&ungodlyrich Walton spawn are now arm’s length from the decision making though they still control the majority of the company.
      On the other side of the coin, the only reason Berkshire-Hathaway has such a good public perception is probably because of the amazingly still UN-dead Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffet and his “awe shucks” mannerisms.