Posted October 02, 2013

Possible cancellation of Air Force game could cost Navy more than $4 million

Air Force Falcons, Navy Midshipmen
Navy Midshipmen

The status of the Air Force-Navy game remains unknown after the government shutdown. (Doug McSchooler/AP)

It’s unclear whether or not the Air Force-Navy game, slated for Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, will have to be cancelled because of the U.S. government shutdown. But officials at Annapolis are preparing for the worst. The financial impact of calling the game off could result in more than $4 million in lost revenue for the Naval Academy, according to the Capital Gazette. A scheduled reunion for members of Roger Staubach’s 1963 Cotton Bowl team will go on as planned, the paper notes, but with some “scheduling tweaks.”

From the Gazette:

“We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,” [athletic director Chet] Gladchuk said. “In talking to the Air Force athletic director, their football team could execute the trip without government funding.”

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”

“It’s a perception thing. Apparently it doesn’t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down,” Gladchuk said.

More about the status of the game — as well as about the fate of Saturday’s game between Army and Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. — should be known by Thursday. Hopefully both take place as originally planned. The government can spend as long as it wants trying to figure out its issues, but the number of games that cadets and midshipmen get to play before graduating and entering active duty service is finite. To lose one of them — and especially one against another service academy — because of “perception” and “optics” seems just plain unfair.

22 comments
jacksonbliss
jacksonbliss

I think it's hilarious (+ completely unobjective) that you're blaming liberals for this mess. The reason the shutdown happened (as it happened in the 90's with Newt Gingrich + his "Contract with America") is because the GOP likes to play hardball when it doesn't get its way.  After trying to symbolically nullify Obamacare 37 times (symbolic because the GOP knows it would never have the votes in the senate), Republican congressmen basically stuffed a Republican wish list into the most recent debt ceiling/appropriations bill with a bunch of amendments no Democrat would accept, knowing that Obama would never pass it.  Afterwards, the GOP blamed Obama for rejecting the very bill they knew he would reject.  That's pure politics.  There's no reason why the raising debt ceiling or federal appropriations has to be political or tied to fulfilling the GOP platform (in every other year, it wasn't).  That's why there are now a growing # of Republican congressmen pushing for a "clean" bill because they know that federal, state + municipal employees + services need money, regardless of who's in the white house.

And the reality is, Americans voted for Obama by a large margin over Romney.  They also voted for Democratic senators to retain their senate majority (+ Democrat congressmen actually received more congressional votes than Republican congressmen did, but due to gerrymandering, the GOP retained its congressional majority).  So, I guess the point I'm making is, Obama is doing what the majority of us wanted him to do, take the first big step to improve our insane healthcare system.  Obamacare is now law, something some GOP congressmen can't accept.  Gov't shutdown is a Republican tantrum to hold the nation hostage until the results of the 2012 election are reversed, which is completely undemocratic.  It didn't work in the 90's + it won't this time either.

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

Liberals pass bills for the average american, but not them, they think they are elite and not subject to low class medical care like Obama is dishing out to the peasants.

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

Liberals want to do away with the military anyway, Obama wants to negotiate with terrorists, he thinks he can dis arm them.......... he is so smart.

Joseph F
Joseph F

You can thank those a$$hole DemoRATS for this.

Rattle_in_Seattle
Rattle_in_Seattle

I think we all hope that the service academies can play their games, but the issue is about more than optics. Sure, the football program can pay its own way, but other sports cannot, so is it really 'fair' for the football program to go on while others are unable to compete? Where do you draw the line? 

Shutting down the government, the largest employer, land manager, and resource user in the US has a lot of impacts. Some of those impacts (loss of food safety, economic downturns, dramatic increases in unemployment as government employees join the unemployment roles, etc.) will likely never be seen assuming clearer heads prevail and restore the government functions. In trying to serve all the masters that the US government reports to it does create some issues where bright lines need to be drawn and applied to all, even when it may seem silly in individual cases (even when spending a little money might create additional revenue). 

 

Rydyn
Rydyn

If they are going to lose money, why would they cancel it?  The whole point of the shutdown is a budget deficit.  Stupid politicians.

SGT.JT
SGT.JT

I AM A VIETNAM VET AND I SAY ME AND MY VFW BUDDIES DISAGREE, THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS ARE A VICIOUS AND CORRUPT BRANCH OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OUT TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY, THEY ARE ASSOCIATES OF THE INFAMOUS K STREET,WHO ONLY CARE FOR THE RICK LIKE THE KOCH BROTHERS AND CORPORATE AMERICA. IF MORE PEOPLE WOULD UNDERSTAND THEY PIT DEMS.AGAINST REPUBS. IN CLASS WARFARE TERM LIMITS IS WHAT IS NEEDED TWO TERMS AND YOUR OUT AND CAN NOT WORK FOR ANY LOBBY IN WASHINGTON D.C.


John3
John3

"Optics" = It is about screwing the public in every possible way. Just as canceling the Blue Angels and T-Birds schedules for this past year was all about sticking it to the public. It cost air shows hundreds of millions of dollars and saved less than the value of handful of the cruise missiles Obama is so fond of using. Or less than just five of his fund-raising jaunts in Air Force One. Don't be fooled by the Demorats efforts to blame the shutdown on the Tea Party. They comprise a small portion of the substantial GOP majority. The fact is that Obama is an incompetent, terrible leader who let this situation get to this point, instead of dealing with it months ago. Contrary to the hysteria wiped up by the media I suspect a lot of Americans wouldn't be bummed if the government shut down for good.

dabbas3461
dabbas3461

@Joseph F Yea, the Democrats are the ones who said "It's exactly what we wanted, and we got it."

Oh wait...

swh114
swh114

@Rattle_in_Seattle Maybe, as the Constitution was written, the US government shouldn't have it's hand in EVERY facet of our lives. No one's life should be substantially impacted due to the whims of some bozos in DC.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Rattle_in_Seattle  

You know what, friend?  People functioned just fine before the Federal government became the gargantuan monster it is now.  As recently as 15 or 20 years ago, much of what you cite as these magnificent government functions either didn't exist, or were considerably smaller.

And I suppose your life has changed for the better because govt is so huge.  Riiiight.

swh114
swh114

@Rydyn "Optics"
The administration can make the shut down look much worse if ESPN is talking about the Navy/AF game being cancelled..it's all about optics

swh114
swh114

@SGT.JT Love how everyone blames the Tea party as extreme for wanting to more closely follow the Constitution, no more no less, but no one seems to pay attention to the Obama/Pelosi wing of the Democrat party that scare the crap out of JFK for the distance they have move to the Left.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@SGT.JT  

STOP SHOUTING.

You sound like a kook-fringe libertarian.  Go back to your Ron Paul (excuse me, DOCTOR Ron Paul) altar.

Joseph F
Joseph F

@SGT.JT  You are full of $hit no patriot would speak the way you do.Now STFU

Iowa
Iowa

@John3 It's hilarious what a grandstander the president is, and just how many people fall for his condescending speeches. He loves to paint the other side as not being willing to budge, yet the guy has been every bit as extreme on the liberal side as he accuses others of being on the conservative side. He has no interest in budging, either, yet somehow it's ok for him, but not for others. You reap what you sow. He's proven he has no interest in working with the other side, so he shouldn't expect any different in return.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@dabbas3461 @Joseph F  

Actually, the Dems could have left the govt functioning while negotiating for Obamacare.  They decided to grandstand, and the corrupt "Mainstream" media has gone along with the LIE that it wasn't the Dems refusing to compromise.

bearcats4
bearcats4

@MidwestGolfFan @dabbas3461 @Joseph F There's nothing to negotiate about at this point. Our healthcare system can always use and will always need improvement. The DEMOCRATS are left to themselves to figure it all out, The REPO"S have NOT put forth even one of their own ideas, very disappointing and shameful. 

swh114
swh114

@Ericfollowedbyanumber @MidwestGolfFan @dabbas3461 @Joseph F If we're gonna be fair, Dems never stop negotiating/fighting. When they lose in the legislature, they start a ballot initiative, when they lose at the ballot box, they file a lawsuit. When they lose in court, they file an appeal, when they lose the appeal, they appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court. When they lose in the Supreme Court, they go back to the legislature and start again.
Should also be noted, that they originally passed the law on a procedural trick as they did not have the votes or support of the American people for the bill.