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Sinclair Rejects Mediacom Extension Despite University Request

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CEDAR RAPIDS - A plea from the University of Iowa President could not end a cable dispute that threatens to blackout the Hawkeyes bowl game in much of Iowa.

Sinclair, which owns KGAN and operates fox affiliate KFXA, rejected a three-month extension to keep those channels on Mediacom cable.

Sinclair is threatening to pull those channels on January first unless Mediacom pays more to rebroadcast the signals.

Mediacom made the offer after UI President Sally Mason urged both sides to ensure Hawkeye fans would be able to see the Orange Bowl.

But Sinclair rejected the offer saying Mediacom was simply trying to increase its leverage in negotiations.