Overseas Troops Will Miss NFL Championships Due To Government Shutdown

The American Forces Network is unavailable due to the government shutdown. More

The American Forces Network is unavailable due to the government shutdown. More

The government shutdown was triggered late Friday when a spending bill passed by the House faltered in the Senate, mainly because it had some major flaws.

In college athletics, Air Force Academy postponed all its scheduled athletic events this weekend due to the "limitations imposed by the shutdown", a spokesman told the Washington Post.

The shutdown of the government will prevent USA military personnel overseas from watching Sunday's National Football League conference championship games.

Both Republicans and Democrats will have to answer for this one: their failure to make a budget deal has knocked the Armed Forces Network off the air.

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As "nonessential" government activities shut down due to the Republican-controlled Congress's failure to come up with a budget, so does the American Forces Network, which provides TV and radio programming to USA military personnel around the world.

Those with the available resources will be able to watch the game on a stream. It had been scheduled to show both the AFC championship and NFC championship games. CBS Sports is reportedly carrying a live stream of the AFC Championship game. Despite streams being available, not every US military personnel overseas will have access to the required resources necessary.

As any National Football League fan can imagine, this is a particularly inconvenient time for the American Forces programming to be interrupted, because both the NFC and AFC championship games happen this Sunday. I am working on information for the NFC Championship game on Fox. "US radio and television news, information, and entertainment programming to active, guard, and Reserve military service members, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and contract employees, and their families overseas, on board Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other authorized users".

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