Troops overseas will be able to watch National Football League during shutdown

Government shutdown is costing deployed service members the NFL Playoffs

Overseas Troops Cannot Watch NFL Playoffs During Government Shutdown

Both championship games will be available at United Service Organization (USO) facilities worldwide courtesy of a free NFL Game Pass provided by the league, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

The same message was posted on the American Forces Network's Facebook page, drawing a barrage of comments aimed at both Democrats ("never again will you get my vote") and Republicans ("just can't learn how to govern"), as well as President Trump.

Deployed members of the U.S. military rely on a few comforts while away from home - one of those being the ability to watch American sports on the Armed Forces Network (AFN).

The American Forces Network, which provides programming including showing live sporting events to military personnel stationed or deployed overseas, won't show Sunday's NFL Conference Championship games because of the government shutdown. One question that was asked in the aftermath was whether or not those serving overseas would be able to watch the AFC and NFC championship games.

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.

Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to break a tackle from T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Stars and Stripes, some U.S. Defense Department operations ceased as partisan gridlock ground many federal operations to a halt, including the American Forces Network (AFN), which would carry Sunday's games to troops based overseas.

The military should be exempt from the bullshit of domestic politics and even if the NFL all but spat on the troops by throwing in with the national anthem protesters football is football.

It is unclear how many troops this would actually reach, or if any further measures will be taken to ensure that as many troops as possible can view the games.

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