Navy-Air Force, Army-Boston College games to go on as scheduled

Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Navy risked having its home game against Air Force canceled due to the government shutdown. (Doug McSchooler/AP) The Midshipmen's game against the Falcons on Saturday was almost canceled due to the government shutdown. (Doug McSchooler/AP)

Navy announced on Wednesday  that it's game against Air Force will go on as scheduled this Saturday. The teams will kick off at 11:30 a.m. ET in Annapolis.

Army's game against Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Saturday will also go on as planned (1:00 p.m. ET). Both games were approved by the Secretary of Defense, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports.

It was uncertain whether the games would be played after the shutdown of the federal government on Tuesday. The Department of Defense had suspended all service academy athletic competition in light of the shutdown -- though Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said that his program was run without government funds -- and a Wednesday report estimated that Navy could have taken a $4 million financial hit if the game had been called off.

Things looked up earlier on Wednesday when the Naval Academy's official Twitter account announced that the Midshipmen's game against the Falcons would be played as scheduled, but those tweets were quickly deleted as the news had yet to be confirmed.

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