Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Overseas Troops Cannot Watch NFL Playoffs During Government Shutdown

Overseas Troops Cannot Watch NFL Playoffs During Government Shutdown

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.

USA troops stationed overseas found out Saturday that the government shutdown might have an unexpected impact on them: It might block them from seeing telecasts of Sunday's National Football League conference championship games.

The Armed Forces Network (AFN) is one of the victims of the genius political gambit by Senate Dems to sink a stopgap government funding measure as a way to hold the Trump administration hostage until they get their way on granting continued amnesty to almost 800,000 illegal aliens under DACA.

As reported by Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk, the American Forces Network halted programming due to the ongoing government shutdown.

It is unclear where the NFC Championship game can be seen.

If you are a soldier affected by the shutdown and unable to watch the AFC championship game, it will be available to stream at

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As it stands, USA military personnel will be forced to find a live stream of the games.

"Under a government shutdown, sports broadcasts are not considered an essential activity".

This means military personnel deployed overseas are at risk of not being able to see the National Football League playoffs and other programming. Several military members even took to the AFN Europe's Facebook page to complain about the situation.

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For those who have been in the armed services, life can be pretty miserable at times and the games are an invaluable way to rest and unwind.

Both the Republicans and the Democrats have failed the troops on this one.

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