Shut down puts Air Force-Navy football game in jeopardy

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Photo courtesy: goairforcefalcons.com

Photo courtesy: goairforcefalcons.com

DENVER — The government shut down could cause the cancellation of the Air Force at Navy football game Saturday.

The Department of Defense has already ordered a suspension of all intercollegiate athletics at the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and Westpoint.

The Air Force-Navy game in Annapolis, Md. is sold out. A decision about cancellation is expected Thursday by 10 a.m.

Air Force associate athletics director Troy Garnhart told The (Annapolis) Capital newspaper that upper-class cadets at Air Force are considered military personnel, which means they may be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown.

“The Air Force Academy Falcons will attempt to play all home intercollegiate athletic contests but those may be cancelled, as well,” Garnhart told USA Today. “Academy officials are working with Mountain West Conference officials, those teams the Falcons were scheduled to play and officials at The Department of the Air Force to make up as many games as possible.”

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