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Sinclair rejects Mediacom offer, Congressman calls FCC

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- As the end of the year draws closer, the chance that some Hawkeye fans in Iowa will miss the Orange Bowl on TV comes closer to reality.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group rejected a 3-month extension of  retransmission agreements with cable company Mediacom.

Mediacom proposed the extension after University of Iowa President Sally Mason sent a letter urging both sides to reach an agreement before the Hawkeyes play in the January 5th Orange Bowl.

This dispute doesn't just impact Iowans, 700,000 cable customers over 11 states could be without some local channels come January 1, 2010.

In Iowa, 400,000 Iowans would be impacted in Eastern Iowa and Des Moines.  The Fox stations in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Fox is carrying the Orange Bowl and the BCS Championship Game.

Congressman Dave Loebsack has gotten involved, calling Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, encouraging him to save the stations from going dark and impacting hundreds of thousands of Hawkeye fans.  

In November, the Iowa Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the FCC regarding the dispute, asking the FCC to step in.

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