Government Shutdown Shutters Air Force, Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Events
Congress’ failure to agree upon a measure to fund the federal government by midnight, Jan. 20, 2018, has resulted in the cancellation of all athletic practices and games at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
“Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletics events have been cancelled until further notice,” according to a release from the Air Force Academy. “In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible.” This meant that Falcons’ hockey team’s home game against Sacred Heart at Cadet Ice Arena and the men’s basketball team’s home game against Fresno State, both scheduled for Jan. 20, were cancelled. Several of the Falcons’ other intercollegiate teams were travelling at the time; their events were also cancelled.
Likewise, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy cancelled its athletic events. “Due to a lapse in government funding, all USMMA varsity sport competitions have been postponed until further notice. USMMA intercollegiate athletic contests will resume upon resumption of services by all federal agencies.” The Mariners’ men’s basketball game at St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) on Jan. 21 has been cancelled.
It is not yet known whether any of the cancelled games will result in forfeits.
The shutdown did not immediately affect intercollegiate athletics at any of the other service academies, including the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. “The athletic department is largely made up of non-appropriated funded and contracted personnel, who are generally unaffected by the government shutdown. All operations involving security, health and safety are functional,” read a statement from West Point. Athletic events at Army, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, had not been cancelled as of Jan. 21, 2018.