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Comcast, Ticketmaster in Consumerist contest for 'Worst Company in America 2012'

Minnesota's own Target and Best Buy were among the early contenders, with Best Buy topping Target to make it as far as the second round before video-game-maker EA knocked it out of the contest. But among the contenders still vying for the title are two that many of us love to hate: Comcast and Ticketmaster.
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Minnesota's own Target and Best Buy were among the early contenders, with Best Buy topping Target to make it as far as the second round before video-game-maker EA knocked it out of the contest. But among the contenders still vying for the title are two that many of us love to hate: Comcast and Ticketmaster.

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