Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – With the government shutdown due to Congress’ failure to pass a spending bill to fund its operation, two Saturday college football games featuring Air Force, Navy and Army could be cancelled.
Air Force is slated to face Navy while Army will take on Boston College Saturday.
However, the Department of Defense announced that it has temporarily suspended all sports contests at the nation’s service academies due to the impasse, which put 800,000 federal workers on furlough.
According to Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, the games are now being reviewed by Pentagon lawyers to determine whether funds used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.
The Air Force Academy, for its part, said the game would be played as scheduled if the impasse is ironed out in the next two days. The Navy said a decision about the game would be made by noon ET on Thursday.
“We have been in close communication with Army athletics officials regarding the potential impact of the government shutdown on this Saturday’s football game,” Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.
“Obviously our intention is to exhaust all possibilities to play the game and we will communicate the information promptly as soon as we have resolution,” Bates said.
Also, a men’s soccer match between Navy and Howard that was scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled.