Troops with USO Center access can watch National Football League title games

Florence Fletcher
January 21, 2018

As Republicans and Democrats try to figure out a plan of action during the first full day of the United States federal government shutdown, one large segment of the government's employees face a unique, inconvenient issue.

The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the US, put a message on Facebook saying its services are not available due to the federal government shutdown.

That means football fans in America's armed forces will have to find another way to watch the AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday, Stars and Stripes reported.

According to Stars and Stripes, the AFN has been playing classical music since the shutdown started, and that's likely what's going to be playing on Sunday unless the National Football League and the government are able to figure something out that would allow the military to watch the games on the channel.

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

As part of the shutdown, the American Forces Network, which allows US armed forces to watch American TV around the world, has been unavailable since a standoff over immigration policy caused the shutdown Friday night at midnight.

The newspaper said it was unclear why the network went off the air completely, noting that during the last government shutdown in October 2013, the AFN provided some news and radio services.

"No NFL divisional championship games. ideal timing". The hope is that those contests can be rescheduled once the shutdown comes to an end.

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