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Sports programs at service academies on hold

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 02, 2013 Oct 2, 2013 Wednesday, October 02 2013 October 02, 2013 9:55 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Army, Navy and Air Force might be forced to skip their football games this weekend because of the partial government shutdown.

The Defense Department temporarily suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the budget impasse in Congress.

A Pentagon spokesman says the decision is being reviewed by lawyers considering a series of legal questions, including whether money that comes from sources other than Congress could be used to pay for sports during the government shutdown.

In the meantime, the suspension puts a pair of college football games in jeopardy: Army at Boston College, and Air Force at Navy.

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