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Hawkeye Football Team in Orange Bowl; Will Fans Get to Watch?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Hawkeye fans in Iowa could be without the Orange Bowl on cable TV.

A dispute between Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcasting Group could leave 700,000 cable subscribers in 11 states without some local channels on January 1st. That includes about 400,000 in Iowa, and most could lose the channel televising the January 5th Orange Bowl between the Hawkeyes and Georgia Tech as well as the BCS Championship and the Super Bowl.

The dispute threatens to knock off Sinclair stations to Mediacom in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Sinclair spokesman Barry Faber says he's "very pessimistic" an agreement will be reached.

Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters says the company has asked the Federal Communications Commission to prevent a disruption of service.

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