Sources at the U.S. Naval Academy have told, as of Wednesday evening, 77 midshipmen have been given permission to represent the brigade at the Navy/Temple football game tomorrow in Philadelphia. This number does not include a small collection of band members and cheerleaders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. has also learned that midshipmen who signed-up as part of this movement order were required to pay $25 for their tickets.  In a previous article, reported that an invitation was extended from the Temple University Athletic Department to the Naval Academy which would have allowed the entire brigade to attend the game for free.


In related news, the West Point public affairs office has confirmed that the U.S. Military Academy would be sending 300 cadets to Army's football game this Saturday in Cleveland against Akron.  The game, which is being billed as the first annual Patriot Bowl promises a patriotic pre-game and halftime show.


Both the Navy and Army games will be covered by ESPN networks.  The Navy/Temple game will be covered by ESPNU which is available in close to 10 million homes nationwide.  The Army/Akron game will be televised by ESPN Regional and available in only the New York market or as part of a pay-per-view package.


Over 4,000 midshipmen attended the Navy/Maryland football game held in Baltimore on Labor Day weekend in 2005.  The game generated $1 million in revenue for the Naval Academy.


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