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Navy’s athletic director on shutdown: Football game with Air Force is being canceled due to “opt
4 years ago

October 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Pollowitz, the athletic associations for both schools are privately funded. To repeat: The game doesn’t depend on government funding. But officials at both schools answer to the Pentagon, and the Pentagon’s federal funds won’t start flowing again until the shutdown is over. The first, and really only, rule of shutdown theater is that the public must suffer, whether that means threatening to arrest a 95-year-old who fought at Omaha Beach or denying Navy and Air Force fans the simple pleasure of a football game. The public must suffer, because the more the public suffers, the more pressure there’ll be on Congress to turn the lights back on.

And so it’s come to this.

The potential revenue loss to the Naval Academy Athletic Association would likely exceed $4 million, he said. That money comes from ticket sales, sponsorship, parking and concession revenue. The largest revenue stream is the payout NAAA receives from CBS Sports Television…

The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization not funded by the government. [Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet] Gladchuk said the Air Force-Navy game could be held without any “appropriated funding.” Air Force recently created a similar athletic association that operates using private funds, donations and revenue from intercollegiate contests.

“We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,” 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.

Who doesn’t it “resonate” with? Who’s going to wet their pants over the fact that the next generation of military officers got to enjoy a game they had looked forward to that didn’t cost the government anything? Only the Democrats in the White House and on the Hill, because it marginally weakens their case that the shutdown is a tragedy for our times. That’s the “optics” here, even though Gladchuk, for obvious reasons, is reluctant to get too specific.

But wait. This isn’t the only venture that costs the feds nothing to operate which they’ve decided must close in solidarity with our vast federal bureaucracy:

The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation…

According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property…

“We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm,” [Managing Director Anna] Eberly explained.

Previous federal funding battles have threatened the farm’s operations. A group of citizens in 1980 formed the Friends of Turkey Run Farm, established a $500,000 endowment for the farm, and negotiated a 30-year no-fee lease.

They didn’t need to close during previous shutdowns but, oddly enough, they’re being shuttered for this one. Said Eberly to the Free Beacon, “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.” Right, that’s the punchline to all of this — just like the Park Police erecting barriers around the WWII Memorial and the cancellation of the Navy/Air Force game that would have generated revenue for both schools’ athletic programs, shutdown theater is deliberately extending the economic hit from the shutdown. Not because there’s a critical policy issue at stake but because there’s an extra political point or two to be scored if you’re exacting enough in your pettiness. If you’re into visiting historic farms in federal parks and don’t like coming face to face with a big “CLOSED” sign, hey — that’s what you get for electing Republicans. That might be worth one or two extra votes nationally for Democrats, no?


UPDATE: Government shutdown: Navy-Air Force football game on; others in limbo
4 years ago

By Leslie Bentz, CNN, October 3, 2013


  • If shutdown continues, service academy games will be reviewed on a weekly basis
  • Navy-Air Force was allowed to go forward because it involved all non-budgeted funds

 (CNN) -- Are you ready for some football? Not so fast!

The Navy-Air Force and the Boston-Army games are on. But there's no word yet on whether 23 other weekend athletic events at service academies will take place, thanks to the government shutdown.

Even the Navy-Air Force game practically became a matter of national security. Though the game was sold out, the two sides had to wait for the Defense Department's greenlight.

A senior department official said the game was allowed to go forward because it involved all non-budgeted funds, and thus was not affected by the shutdown.


The official said planning and preparation, including broadcast contracts, had already been in place for this week's game. It'll kick off at 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, and will be televised by CBS.

The United States Naval Academy enters the contest with a 2-1 record, while United States Air Force Academy is 1-4. The winner of the last 13 encounters went on to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.

Other games uncertain

The future of other critical matchups this weekend is still up in the air.

The Army will play Boston College this weekend, a senior defense official said early Thursday morning.

"Lots of chatter re Army game; we owe you accuracy. In constant contact with Army tonight, will let you know asap when confirmed," the college's athletic director, Brad Bates, tweeted late Wednesday night.

Should the shutdown continue, service academy games will be reviewed on a week-by-week basis.

"Each one of the service academies has some type of athletics alumni association that can help provide non-appropriated funds," Cmdr. Bill Urban told "We absolutely can't use appropriated funds during a government shutdown because we don't have them."

4 years ago

btw:   Allahpundit makes a few snide remarks about Republicans & indicates this will add votes for Democrats...ignore those parts...which I'm sure you would.

4 years ago

Don't you just love hearing the democrats blame the republicans for everything that has gone wrong since Obama took office?    They don't bring up that not one word has been mentioned about the Boston Marathon bombing....not a whisper of anything about the continuing investigataion, which we know doesn't exist....nothing.  Because the republicans want to lean in hard on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Obamacare and the Syria "malfunction" due to Obama's incompetence they want to make all of this the fault of the republicans.   They don't want to touch on the topic of the $860 BILLION stimulus that was totally wasted....nothing worked and every single green company the taxpayers funded have all gone bankrupt taking the $350,000 per job few jobs with it.    That was a colossal WASTE of $860 BILLION....add to that the failure of Cash for Clunkers, the four realignment of home mortgages that went right back into bankruptcy and they have the audacity to blame the republicans?


Obamacare is a certified train wreck.   The republicans wanted to stop it or at the very least DELAY IT FOR A YEAR.....which would've been a prudent move fiscally.....


The republican congressmen we have in Washington are like deer in headlights....they are divided among themselves and they can't get anything done to stop Obama.


Now we have a government shut down and I can predict that Obama will take it to October 17th.    Obama doesn't care about those out of work.    This is a political move for him to get another democrat elected in 2016.    In the meantime, Hillary has arranged to have her teeth whitened, arrange Botox treatments and will go off to a fat farm this summer to lose 40 lbs preparing for her debut in 2015 with a grandchild in her arms.


If the republicans aren't out stumping for the republicans to take over the congress in 2014 then we absolutely deserve to lose that election, too.   Why do we not have Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush.....etc here in Virginia stumping for Cuccinelli for Governor?    This is a very close race.   McAuliffe is a stalking dog for Hillary Clinton's election and he just might win.    Hillary had a fund raising for McAuliffe a few days ago here in Washington DC at her home.   


Something is wrong with the Republicans and they can do better.   Why aren't they doing more?    Where are the big republican centers of influence?    We need to get on the ball TODAY to get a Republican congress in 2014 because if we don't we have two more years of Obama crossing the finish line to "fundamentally" change our country. 

4 years ago

This is going to stir even more animosity to the Government as a whole.  This is more than a shutdown, this is telling the American people that Congress and the Administration are failures; they are all failures regardless of party.  That they can't work together and accomplish these things is what matters; it is more than Obamacare, and I am afraid both parties are going to lose in this one.  Public opinion toward Congress is very low, 9% feel they are doing their job.  Not good at all.

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