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Shutdown Threatens Navy-Air Force Football Game

October 01, 2013


All inter-collegiate travel has been suspended for the military academies and this puts Saturday’s Navy-Air Force game at risk. No word yet on how it will be handled by the schools but as of now it looks like this game is headed for postponement.


Travel for all intercollegiate athletic events at all service academies has been canceled as part of the government shutdown, including this weekend’s Air Force-Navy football game.

The sold-out contest had been scheduled for Saturday morning in Annapolis, Md., and set for a national TV broadcast on CBS.

The Air Force Academy Falcons will attempt to play all home intercollegiate athletic contests but those may be canceled, as well, the Air Force Academy said in a news release. Academy officials are working with Mountain West Conference officials, those teams the Falcons were scheduled to play and officials at Air Force headquarters to make up as many games as possible, the release said.

A posssible make-up date for the Air Force-Navy game could come in early December — Navy’s off from Nov. 22 until the Dec. 14 Army-Navy game, and Air Force won’t play after Nov. 30 unless it makes the inaugural Mountain West Conference title game, which would require it to rally from a 0-4 MWC record to win its six-team division.

A call from USA Today Sports to Army about its Saturday game at Boston College was not immediately returned; neither were calls to BC.

All three service academy teams played during the 1995 government shutdown. On Nov. 18 of that year, Notre Dame beat Air Force 44-14 in Colorado Springs; Army beat Bucknell 37-6 at West Point; and Navy beat Tulane 35-7 in Annapolis, according to media guides provided by the schools. An agreement to end the shutdown came Nov. 19.

Read More at the Military Times