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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Gov't shutdown could affect BC-Army game

By Heather Dinich

The U.S. government shutdown could have a trickle-down effect into our world of college football, as the service academies are considering cancelling their games and Boston College hosts Army this weekend. Army is the only academy that hasn't issued a public statement yet.

Boston College athletic director Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) has tweeted the school's official statement:

We have been in close communication with Army athletics officials regarding the potential impact of the govt shutdown on Saturday's game.

— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) October 1, 2013

Obviously our intention is to exhaust all possibilities to play & will communicate the information promptly as soon as we have resolution.

— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) October 1, 2013

Air Force has already announced that "travel for all intercollegiate athletics is cancelled," including the Air Force-Navy game on Saturday.

From the Department of Defense:

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the Service Academies.

The Naval Academy will cancel contests as appropriate and notification on Saturday’s football game against Air Force will be made public prior to 12 noon on Thursday.

Stay tuned for updates.