American Forces Network to air AFC, NFC championship games despite government shutdown

Ross Houston
January 22, 2018

Due to of the government shutdown, United States troops will not be able to watch either of the NFL's conference championship games on the American Forces Network, which serves as the primary channel for overseas troops to watch American programming.

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

The NFL stepped in on Saturday to offer free NFL Game Pass streaming accounts to USO facilities worldwide.

The AFC game is scheduled for a 3:05 pm kickoff, while the NFC game is set to get underway at 6:40 pm.

Dana W. White, chief DoD spokesperson, said in a statement, "Despite the government shutdown, DoD determined the operational necessity of television and radio broadcasts constitutes them as essential activities".

Defense Department personnel and their families overseas woke up Saturday to much confusion, uncertainty and some anger about how their lives would be affected by the US government shutdown.

The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued. The network airs American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.

With their broadcasts offline, it'll be a lot trickier for any overseas troops or their families to watch the games. 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.

Unfortunately this doesn't do much for those who do not have access to a USO Center, but per the report the National Football League is working on a way in which to ensure that they'll be able to watch as well.

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

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

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