WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 this weekend's football games — Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College.
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.
Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates released a statement on Tuesday about the status of the game:
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.
More to come . . .