Government Shutdown Jeopardizes Navy-Air Force Football Game

The first government shutdown since 1996 has brought uncertainty to Saturday’s college football game between the Naval Academy and Air Force. 

As a result of the shutdown, the Department of Defense suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies. Navy’s soccer team was scheduled to play Howard on Tuesday, but the match has been cancelled and it remains unclear if it will be rescheduled.

A decision on the Navy-Air Force football game — originally scheduled to be held Saturday in Annapolis, Md. — will be made before noon ET on Thursday. The game between the two military rivals was sold out and was slated to be broadcasted nationally on CBS.


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