The government shutdown will not stop college football.
Per a report from ESPN, Air Force's trip to Navy and Army's game at Boston College will be played as scheduled on Saturday. Because of the shutdown, the games were in danger of not being played. However, after approval from the secretary of defense, they're a go.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said earlier Wednesday that his athletic department had provided information to Pentagon officials to assure them that no government funds will be spent on any aspect of the game. Gladchuk said a Navy home game brings in about $4 million from tickets, sponsorship, television and radio rights fees, and other revenues such as parking and concessions. The game essentially pays for itself, he said.
Gladchuk had said that the Annapolis area was set to miss out on $7 million in economic impact if the game was canceled. Football revenue also helps pay for other sports at Navy.
Boston College had previously offered to pay for Army's transportation to the game. Why? Well, being bowl eligible is important and a win against Army would get BC halfway there.
Earlier Wednesday, United Airlines even offered to fly Air Force to Annapolis for the game after the team had canceled its travel plans because of the shutdown. On Tuesday, Air Force's press availability was canceled and the sports information staff had been sent home, as it was not exempt from the mandatory government furloughs.
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