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Air Force making contingencies, but ability to hold sporting events is in doubt during potential government shutdown

January 19, 2018 Updated: January 20, 2018 at 7:27 am
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photo - Air Force Falcons guard Pervis Louder (22),right, looks for an open player as he is guarded by UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) in an NCAA college basketball game between the Air Force Falcons and UNLV Rebels in Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette via AP)
Air Force Falcons guard Pervis Louder (22),right, looks for an open player as he is guarded by UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) in an NCAA college basketball game between the Air Force Falcons and UNLV Rebels in Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette via AP) 

Air Force won’t know “until the 11th hour” how a potential government shutdown will impact its ability to hold athletic events.

“We will make every effort to play all home events,” an email from an Air Force spokesman said, “but will not know for sure until we find out the details of a government shutdown.”

The Falcons’ men’s basketball team and hockey team are scheduled to play at home Saturday, while the women’s basketball team will be at Fresno State. There are also supposed to be gymnastics, rifle, swimming, tennis and wrestling events this weekend.

This issues will come in travel expenses and the ability of non-exempt support employees, which includes some coaches, trainers and event personnel, to perform their functions. The athletic department has asked that certain people be added to the exempt list – which includes essential workers such as police and firefighters – to keep the events going as scheduled.

In the shutdown in the fall of 2013 it took a late $230,000 check from USAA to allow a football game at Navy to take place.

Basketball and football games were held during a shutdown in the 1990s.

Athletic personnel held meetings Thursday to work contingencies, but much hinges on events in Washington D.C. and then which exemptions are granted.

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