The government shutdown could force the postponement of Air Force's nationally televised, sold-out game at Navy on Saturday.
The Capital-Gazette reports that the Department of Defense has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at its three service academies as a result of the government shutdown, according to Scott Strasemeier, Naval Academy associate athletic director.
Strasemeier said the schools will tell fans whether the game will be played prior to Thursday at 12 p.m. Any notification would be posted to the Navy sports website.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Air Force associate athletics director Troy Garnhardt told The Capital-Gazette that there is a possibility the game would be affected. Because upper-class cadets at Air Force are considered military personnel, they could be subject to the travel restrictions that are in effect during the shutdown.
Air Force has already felt the effects of the shutdown with the cancellation of coach Tro Calhoun's Tuesday news conference. Garnhart emailed:
"Due to the government shutdown today's press conference with head football coach Troy Calhoun and selected football players is cancelled. Should the government shutdown end we will look at rescheduling. There will be no media availability with coach Calhoun or players
On Tuesday morning, though, Naval Academy spokesman Scott Strasemeier told USA TODAY that "nothing has changed at this point."