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Air Force Forced To Cancel All Athletic Events Due To Government Shutdown

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Air Force is cancelling all of its athletic events in the wake of the government shutdown.

The Senate was unable to pass a short-term spending bill on Friday night, which means that for the first time since 2013, the government will experience a shutdown. The news actually affects the college sports world a bit too.

Saturday morning, Air Force announced that due to the shutdown, the school has been forced to cancel all athletic events. It'll try to make them up at a later date, but nothing is guaranteed.

Army and Navy aren't in the same boat, however. As USA Today notes, those two schools have associations set up for athletic funding - making them technically privately funded. Air Force does not operate in such a manner.

It is all systems go on Saturday for Army and Navy, which operate differently than the Air Force Academy.

The Naval Academy Athletic Association, whose objective is to "promote, influence, and assist in financing the athletic contests of the midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy," is technically separate from the Naval Academy. Army is set up the same way.

Saturday's contests for men's basketball, women's basketball, men's hockey, swimming and diving have all been cancelled.

The school issued a statement on Twitter. All events are cancelled until "further notice."

We'll keep you updated on the matter.