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Gladchuk said his department assured the Pentagon that no government money will be spent on any aspect of the game.
"We provided them with extensive and detailed information to help them justify their decision," Gladchuk said.
Gladchuk said a Navy home game typically brings in about $4 million from tickets, sponsorship, television and radio rights fees and other revenues such as parking and concessions.
Football revenue funds Navy’s 32 other sports teams.
Saturday’s game is particularly important because it will help decide the winner of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, awarded annually the service academy with the best record in games involving Air Force, Navy and Army. The winner of the last 13 Navy-Air Force games has gone on to win the coveted trophy.
Gladchuk said the Navy football team continued to practice this week with the notion that the game would go off as planned Saturday.
"It never entered their minds it wouldn’t be played," he said. "All they were thinking is that kickoff is at 11:30. But obviously, the final announcement came as a relief and erased the shadow of uncertainty."
Earlier in the week, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo decided the best approach would be to ignore the possibility of a cancellation and proceed as if the game would be played.
"We try to keep our preparation between the white lines because the things outside the while lines, obviously we have no control over," he said.
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