Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Troops able to watch National Football League playoff games after all

Troops able to watch National Football League playoff games after all

USA troops stationed overseas found out Saturday that the government shutdown might have an unexpected impact on them: It might block them from seeing telecasts of Sunday's National Football League conference championship games.

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

The American Forces Network, which services troops and USA government employees in foreign nations, caused a furor when it announced Saturday on its Facebook page that it was not available due to the government shutdown.

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But that mutually beneficial partnership between the military and the nation's most popular sport has been tested since Colin Kaepernick and other players began taking a knee during the USA national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Fiscal 2017 funds had already been paid on the AFN contract, White added.

The NFL has stepped in to offer free access to the games for the troops using NFL Game Pass.

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These include budget contributions, freedom of movement within the EU and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. He explained: "I mean, I do respect this vote, I do regret this vote, and I would love to welcome you again".


"Update: @DeptofDefense has informed us that AFN has been restored in most places. 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", Sanders tweeted.

By Sunday morning, McCarthy announced that the AFN would air the games after all.

The temporary channel blackout was the first visible sign of the shutdown within the military, but the Trump administration has cautioned the impact could be far worse and laid the blame on Democrats.

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The federal government shutdown's impact is being felt by the sports world and almost led to US troops overseas from being shut out from watching football this weekend. Pentagon officials did not say why the network remains partially shuttered this time around.

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