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  • A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM: CAN BOWL ORGANIZERS BEAT THE DEADLINE?

         Orange County officials trying to save the Freedom Bowl are
    concentrating on "nailing down" a TV contract for the postseason
    game played at Anaheim Stadium, according to this morning's L.A.
    TIMES.  Orange County Sports Association Exec Dir Jerry McGee
    said Prime Sports, Turner Sports and ESPN have all discussed
    airing the game, although no decision has been made.  It is hoped
    that finding a TV partner will help the bowl attract a title
    sponsor.  The NCAA has given the Freedom Bowl until June 15 to
    come up with the financing necessary to keep the game officially
    sanctioned.  However, McGee said he doesn't believe the NCAA
    deadline "is set in stone."  Organizers hope to play the game (to
    be called the Big Orange Classic) between Dec. 26-31, with the
    WAC 3rd-place vs. an at-large team (Keith Thursby, L.A. TIMES,
    6/1).
    

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