Perhaps it was Super Bowl Sunday’s looming shadow. Or maybe it was that strongly worded letter from Sen Commerce chmn Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and vice chmn Ted Stevens (R-AK). Whatever the final straw that forced a compromise, Mediacom announced late Fri that it has reached a retrans consent deal with Sinclair. Some 700K subs have been without Sinclair stations since Jan 6. Terms of the deal were not released. The pact means subs in Cedar Rapids, IA—the only Sinclair CBS affiliate in Mediacom’s footprint—will be able to watch Sun’s Super Bowl without relying on rabbit ears. The following stations will be immediately restored on the Mediacom cable systems in 12 states: Des Moines/Ames (KDSM-FOX), Cedar Rapids (KGAN-CBS), Mobile-Pensacola (WEARABC/WFGX-MNT), Peoria/Bloomington (WYZZ-FOX), Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville (WLOSABC/WMYA-MNT), Lexington (WDKY-FOX), Madison (WMSN- FOX), Nashville (WZTV-FOX/WUXP-MNT/WNAB-CW), Minneapolis (WUCW-CW), Paducah/Cape Girardeau (KBSI-FOX/WDKAMNT), Springfield/Champaign/Decatur (WICS-ABC/WICD-ABC), St. Louis (KDNL- ABC), Tallahassee (WTWC-NBC), Birmingham (WTTO-CW/WABM-MNT), Norfolk (WTVZ-MNT) and Milwaukee (WCGV-MNT/WVTV-CW).

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