The Baltimore Sun and USA TODAY both reported Tuesday morning that this Saturday's Navy-Air Force football game could be in trouble due to the government shutdown.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told The Sun that the department of defense is suspending all service academy intercollegiate athletics due to the shutdown, and that puts the football game in possible jeopardy.
ESPN.com also reported Tuesday afternoon that Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said that Pentagon lawyers are reviewing the suspension to see if money used for these activities are congressionally appropriated funds.
Navy already has canceled a scheduled soccer game for Tuesday with Howard, due to the shutdown.
The Naval Academy put out a press release Tuesday afternoon saying that "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."