There’s word today that an agreement could allow thousands of Iowa cable customers to see the University of Iowa play in the Orange Bowl next week. An agreement between the Mediacom Cable company and Sinclair broadcasting expires at midnight tonight, and if action isn’t taken, Sinclair stations KDSM in Des Moines, KFXA in Cedar Rapids, and KGAN in Cedar Rapids will stop being transmitted to Mediacom cable customers.
In a letter to Congress today, Mediacom chairman and chief executive officer Rocco Commisso says he’s received a tentative indication that Sinclair may consider a very short-term extension of their agreement. The case involves some 250,000 cable subscribers in Iowa.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has asked the Federal Communion Commission to mandate interim carriage rights for Mediacom until a new contract is negotiated.