Service academies to play Saturday, but is Irish schedule safe?

Service academies to play Saturday, but is Irish schedule safe?
October 2, 2013, 9:30 pm
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According to the Associated Press, this weekend's Air Force-Navy and Boston College-Army games will be played despite the U.S. government shutdown -- but the fate of future games involving the service academies hasn't been determined.

It seems far-fetched that the government shutdown would prevent Notre Dame from playing Air Force on Oct. 26 in Colorado Springs and Navy on Nov. 2 in South Bend, especially given the decision to play Saturday's service academy games. The games are paid for through non-appropriated funds, which aren't part of the federal budget and come from outside sources, per the Associated Press.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Defense temporarily suspended all service academy athletics in light of the government shutdown, which has led to 800,000 government employees being furloughed.

While it appears unlikely Notre Dame's service academy games will be affected, if the government shutdown were to affect them it would have to be the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The longest shutdown lasted 21 days in the mid-1990's. Notre Dame's game against Air Force is scheduled for 25 days after the shutdown began, while the Navy game is one month and one day from Oct. 1.