Kraft Sports Group led New England’s bid and took concerns about transporting students to the game to heartGetty Images
Kraft Sports Group “has worked out a solution” for New England to miss hosting the Army-Navy game for the contract cycle that ends in 22, leading to the region clinching the game on December 23, according to Bill Wagner of the ‘ANNAPOLIS CAPITAL GAZETTE. Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials have joined forces with Patriots owner Robert Kraft “to formulate an offer” for the Army-Navy game for the contract cycle that ends in 22. But it was missing “an essential element : there were too many questions about how the organizers would transport the Midshipman Brigade and Cadet Corps to and from the New England area.” The Kraft Sports Group, which led New England’s bid, “took these concerns to heart”. By submitting another bid for the next contract cycle, the various stakeholders supporting the New England submission “got it right.” Naval Academy AD Chet Gladchuk said, “All of these people came together and spent five years working on a game plan that resulted in a successful bid.” Gladchuk said Patriots owner Robert Kraft was involved in “every aspect” of New England’s bid. Patriots coach Bill Belichick “was also an influential part” of the New England presentation and his longtime ties to the Naval Academy “certainly helped” (Annapolis CAPITAL GAZETTE, 6/17).