ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Air Force-Navy football game will be played Saturday after receiving the approval of the Department of Defense.
Naval Academy public information officer Commander John Schofield confirmed the decision Wednesday night.
The DOD suspended sports competition at the service academies on Tuesday due to a partial government shutdown stemming from the budget impasse in Congress. But funding for the game on Navy's home field is provided by non-government funding.
Saturday's game is a sellout, and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said the cancellation of the game would have cost the academy roughly $4 million.
Air Force, Navy and Army compete each year for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record in games involving the three service academies.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.