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         Officials with the Freedom Bowl are expected to ask for a
    four-or-five day extension on today's deadline "to notify the
    NCAA whether the game has enough funding to be played this year,"
    according to Randy Franz in this morning's ORANGE COUNTY
    REGISTER.  Although the game is close to signing a TV deal with
    ESPN or Turner Broadcasting, a title sponsor is needed to cover
    the $1.5M required to keep the event going.  The NCAA Special
    Event's Committee gave the Orange County Sports Association until
    today to say how it would raise the money.  OCSA Exec Dir Jerry
    McGee is confident the game will survive.  McGee:  "We found a
    lot of interest out of a couple networks.  A promising sign is
    they've said once they're on board, they will work with us to
    secure a title sponsor" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/15).

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