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Government shutdown blocks overseas troops from watching title games

Government shutdown blocks overseas troops from watching title games

Stars and Stripes 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.

American Forces Network, the TV and radio broadcast service for US troops overseas, is now unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began Saturday, according to the Pentagon and AFN's social media accounts. The academy also has tennis and wrestling matches scheduled on Sunday that will likely be postponed too.

Saturday was the first day of the shutdown.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seized on the AFN blackout, tweeting a picture of a television with an AFN logo and the phrase, "Due to the government shutdown, AFN services are not available".

This means that USA military members overseas, if they so choose, can watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New England Patriots, and the Philadelphia Eagles square up against the Minnesota Vikings.

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 government shutdown was due in part to the United States Congress being unable to agree on a spending bill that would have kept the government operational. In the USA those games will be televised on CBS and FOX, respectively.

Even if the AFN had shut down, troops could still watch online streamed coverage of the games.

And while the move is a decent thing to do for troops who have become pawns in the Democrat push for amnesty for foreign nationals in the country illegally, who they fondly refer to as "DREAMers", the NFL's action still leaves a void.

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