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Will Boston College game with Army fall victim to federal shutdown?

Posted by Your Town  October 1, 2013 06:04 PM

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The shutdown could threaten Saturday’s football game between Boston College and Army.

Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates said he’s been in contact with Army athletics officials.

BC issued the following statement from Bates:

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

It's not just the BC-Army game affected by the shutdown, though. The AP reoorted that the Defense Department says it has temporarily suspended all sports competitions at the service academies as a result of the partial government shutdown.

The decision jeopardizes the Air Force at Navy football game, as well as the Army at Boston College game.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, says the suspension is being reviewed by Pentagon lawyers to determine whether funds used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.

The U.S. Naval Academy said in a statement that a decision will made Thursday on whether the Midshipmen will play Saturday.

The Navy-Howard soccer match scheduled for Tuesday night was called off and it’s not known if the game will be made up.

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