Government shutdown: National Football League playoffs won't be televised for military personnel overseas


Saturday was the first day of the shutdown.

Due to the government shutdown, the Pentagon has announced that the American Forces Network (AFN) won't be active until things are back up and running again in Washington DC. As the network that broadcasts National Football League playoff games overseas, that would mean that troops stationed overseas would have no way of watching the games. It showed the AFN logo with the words: "Due to the government shutdown, AFN services are not available".

The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New England Patriots at 12:05 p.m. PST in the AFC championship game, followed by the NFC championship game pitting the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles at 3:40 p.m. PST.

NFL PR director Brian McCarthy tweeted that military members would be able to watch the game at USO Centers online through NFL Game Pass.

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Early Saturday morning, Defense Department personnel and their families overseas woke up in extreme confusion as part of their lives were disrupted by the shutdown of the Government.

It didn't take long for some DOD operations to grind to a halt: American Forces Network, which provides entertainment and command information to USA servicemembers worldwide through its television and radio services, was dark early Saturday morning in Europe.

AFN's news channels and some of its radio stations stayed in service during the previous government shutdown in 2013, military news outlet Stars and Stripes reported Saturday.

American Forces Network, the TV and radio broadcast service for USA troops overseas, is now unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began Saturday, according to the Pentagon and AFN's social media accounts. "I bet members of Congress are gonna watch it", one person wrote. Sad that the men and women who have sacrificed so much are deprived of even the most basic connection to home bc Democrats are playing political games.