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A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM: CAN BOWL ORGANIZERS BEAT THE DEADLINE?
Published June 1, 1995
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).