Government shutdown is costing deployed service members the NFL Playoffs

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Even if the network had been shut down, military members and their families stationed overseas could see the games streamed online and on NFL's GamePass system.

Then he said alternatives were being explored for military members due to the unavailability of AFN.

American Forces Network, the TV and radio broadcast service for USA troops overseas, is now unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began Saturday, according to the Pentagon and AFN's social media accounts.

As any National Football League fan can imagine, this is a particularly inconvenient time for the American Forces programming to be interrupted, because both the NFC and AFC championship games happen this Sunday. It had been scheduled to show both the AFC championship and NFC championship games.

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

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 USA government shutdown. The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the New England Patriots for the AFC title at 3:05 p.m., then the Minnesota Vikings will play the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC title at 6:40 p.m.

There was some question about access to the games for the US military after the AFN put a message on its Facebook page on Saturday that its services would not be available because of the shutdown.

Due to the government shutdown, the Pentagon has announced that the American Forces Network (AFN) won't be active until things are back up and running again in Washington DC. "No NFL divisional championship games ... flawless timing ..."

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.

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