Government shutdown takes NFL off American Forces Network

American Forces Network

Members of the American military serving overseas won’t be able to watch the NFC and AFC Championship Games on American Forces Network, thanks to the government shutdown.

American Forces Network, which had been scheduled to show both games, has confirmed that its programming is not available while the government is shut down.

Some members of the military will surely be able to find online streams of the game, but high-speed Internet access isn’t available everywhere. So many members of the military will be out of luck.

Stars and Stripes reported that American Forces Network has already received complaints from members of the military who were looking forward to watching Sunday’s games. There was also confusion as to why AFN had to go off the air, as it stayed on during the last government shutdown, in 2013.

If the government remains shut down in two weeks, we would hope that a solution could be found to allow American Forces Network to show the Super Bowl.

UPDATE 5:27 p.m. ET: Per the NFL, troops with access to USO Centers will be able to see the games through the NFL’s Game Pass feature. The league is working on finding ways for troops without access to USO Centers to see the games.

81 responses to “Government shutdown takes NFL off American Forces Network

  1. NFL should step up and foot the bill they money and our men and women in the armed forces should not miss anything that reminds them of home

  2. After the flag fiasco, the NFL could score some much needed public relations points by finding a way to get these games broadcast to the troops.
    You’d think they’d have enough money between them to make it happen.

  3. Illegal immigrants are more important to the dems than shutting down the country.

    Schumer’s Shutdown could care less about our proud men and women in the armed services.

  4. It’s terrible that they’ll miss out on the content (NFL product).
    However, if familiar to AFN, it’ll bear the viewers the horribly made commercials and news updates.

  5. If the NFL had any sort of sense, they would step in and provide the next 3 Sundays worth of football free of charge…

    It’s not like they could use the positive press or anything…

  6. All because the GOP thinks the American People should pay for a 20 billion dollar wall that we all were told Mexico would pay for.

  7. Lol “Schumer shut down” Republicans own the courts, the senate, the house, and the presidency yet it’s the democrats fault when 6 republicans voted against the CR and 6 democrats voted in favor of the CR. I’m a republican by the way, Paul Ryan, McConnell, and Trump just cant govern properly. Presidents are supposed to expand their base when they get into office yet Trump is too focused on the 36 percenters, mostly because of the input he receives from Stephen Miller. He had a bill on his desk that passed both legislative bodies that funded DACA, CHIP, and border security but blew it up because he was worried he would lose political points from the unhinged cultists who believe a wall will fix everything and that DACA children are somehow a threat to society. Truth be told Tom Cotton, Stephen Miller, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Steve King should not be a part of American legislation, the tea party and freedom caucus always has and always will be a threat to this country.

  8. This is not on the Republicans. It takes 60 votes to pass a spending bill, and the Democrats are playing chicken with the wrong guy. They are putting DACA babies over their own citizens.

    There should be no fighting over these stop-gap spending bills…just a continuation of what was already being spent.

  9. Yes of course… it isn’t as though the USA wasn’t built by immigrants. Most of the lower paid jobs are carried out by immigrants. It would be a fantastic case study to see just how great the USA would be if companies had to start paying a proper working wage that Americans would quite rightly demand. How inflation would skyrocket and thousands of small businesses would be priced out from a fair share of the market.
    If you honestly believe everything that Trump and his non-“Loser” staff state as truth, then you have no right to be considered a country anymore and you must revert back to being under British colonial rule!

  10. And to all the political savants who are lining up to blast “Schumer’s Shutdown,” the Senate needed a SIMPLE MAJORITY, not a SUPER MAORITY, to keep the money moving. So spend 30 seconds googling that, then looking at the makeup of the Senate, then reassessing your mindless talking points.

  11. Republicans own the government.Total control- House,Senate and White House.Repulicans and 45 are a total failure at governing.Trump is totally clueless,has no idea what he wants or how to govern.Shame on Ryan and McConell as well.Dems were not perfect but had a lot more integrity than the clowns in charge now.

  12. For those blaming Trump maybe you should have someone google it and explain to you about needing 60 votes and not just a simple minority.

  13. Great post ryan252. Sad to see all the thumbs down from people who don’t understand politics. Some of you should branch out on where you get your news and stop listening to sources that only tell you what you want to hear.

  14. ryann252013 says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Lol “Schumer shut down” Republicans own the courts, the senate, the house, and the presidency yet it’s the democrats fault when 6 republicans voted against the CR and 6 democrats voted in favor of the CR. I’m a republican by the way, Paul Ryan, McConnell, and Trump just cant govern properly. Presidents are supposed to expand their base when they get into office yet Trump is too focused on the 36 percenters, mostly because of the input he receives from Stephen Miller. He had a bill on his desk that passed both legislative bodies that funded DACA, CHIP, and border security but blew it up because he was worried he would lose political points from the unhinged cultists who believe a wall will fix everything and that DACA children are somehow a threat to society. Truth be told Tom Cotton, Stephen Miller, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Steve King should not be a part of American legislation, the tea party and freedom caucus always has and always will be a threat to this country.
    ——–
    Wow, a Republican that gets it, AND tells the truth! My hat’s off to you sir!

    Trump never served in the military, and doesn’t give a darn about them.

  15. Thanks Dems…..Illegal immigrants<American military members
    —–
    Please turn off Fox news…

  16. If you think Trump did this, then you’re not informed enough to even post about about it. This is Chuck Schumer’s baby all the way and he’s boasted about it. Fortunately, most Americans know this. But some will blame Trump if they wake up ugly in the morning.

  17. Democrats pandering to illegal immigrants at the expense of the military and US citizens.

    BTW, illegal immigrants aren’t immigrants just like bank robbers aren’t bank customers.

    Go try and make an “undocumented bank withdrawal” and see how that works out.

  18. I think all democrats should take in an illegal family feed and house them so the military can watch the games.

  19. This is Rich. The Democrats are saying we won’t fund the military that protects us, until we get funding for people who shouldn’t even be in the country. That’s the reality. It does not matter what the subject is, they vote 100% in lock step with the marching orders issued from their leaders. When you have not a single dissenting vote on any single topic, what you have is organized obstruction. That’s the truth, and Democrats and their supporters need to own THAT. You would rather burn the country down than to lose control over the agenda.

  20. dyims says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    For those blaming Trump maybe you should have someone google it and explain to you about needing 60 votes and not just a simple minority.
    ======================
    ^^^ This!
    Seems like a simple explanation yet people refuse to accept it simply because it does not fit their agenda.

  21. mybrunoblog says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    Thanks Dems…..Illegal immigrants<American military members
    _______________________________

    So now you are putting the well-being of thousands of immigrants on par with whether the AFN are able to broadcast the two Championship Games?

    I suppose that when they were handing out brains you mistakenly thought it was the dinner queue and asked for the halibut.

  22. Why do the Dumbocrats want this shutdown? It’s simple: This is America and we should get behind our citizens FIRST. How can you offer to help other countries when our own people are in great need as well? How about some sensibility.

  23. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    This is not on the Republicans. It takes 60 votes to pass a spending bill, and the Democrats are playing chicken with the wrong guy. They are putting DACA babies over their own citizens.

    There should be no fighting over these stop-gap spending bills…just a continuation of what was already being spent.

    THANK YOU!! FINALLY SOMEONE WHO GETS IT!!!!

  24. The Republicans posting here are profligate liars, deflecting and casting about for bogus ‘explanations’ as to why THEY, the REPUBLICAN PARTY have moved to shut down the government remember 2013).
    It is in fact their platform: government = bad. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the orange spray tan buffoon-in-chief…

    Some Republicans think P.T. Barnum had it wrong. Their ‘flossophy’ is thus: you can fool all of the people all of the time, while stuffing your pockets.

  25. You people saying 60 votes is needed should do some more thinking. Maybe if the Republicans put forth a bill with a little bit of compromise for both parties in it it would have had a better chance of passing. Trump and his lemmings think that it is their way or the highway, the good side of the aisle is getting fed up with it. Just like any relationship a little compromise goes a long way…. Trump will never understand this and that is why he is a terrible leader.

  26. Hysterical that these people cant open there eyes, it’s a total governing failure. Like I said 6 republican senators voted against the continuation and 6 democrats voted in favor of it. It is the gang of eight’s job to cut a deal with those no votes. If they would of done things properly they would of had the votes. Must I remind you of the amnesty Reagan gave out? that was much more dangerous than funding DACA. These are a bunch of children who are in the system, who will pay taxes, and be productive members of an American society. They aren’t running around undocumented, they aren’t at fault for the situation they are in and contribute mightily to this countries economy. I agree, we need to change the immigration system, it is so outdated that not many immigrants now how to properly apply for citizenship, e verify, and a new system will make things better, but if you really want to deport children back to a place like Mexico where gangs and drug dealing runs rampant just because you, yourself is uncomfortable…you have to be morally bankrupt. Reagan believed in dreamers, and people who came here escaping tyranny, crime, and a poor economic system much like the Irish, Italians, and Germans. If conservatives continue down this MAGA movement we probably won’t be in power for the next decade, for as much as you guys love Ronald Reagan like myself especially you sure have stepped on everything he stood for.

  27. nbptma1 says:
    January 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    Illegal immigrants are more important to the dems than shutting down the country.

    Schumer’s Shutdown could care less about our proud men and women in the armed services.

    ___

    Republicans have majority in the HOUSE and SENATE, and we all know who is in the WHITE HOUSE.

    Nice try pinning it on the Dems though.

  28. For those blaming Trump maybe you should have someone google it and explain to you about needing 60 votes and not just a simple minority.

    ___

    Maybe you should google that Trump agreed to a deal in a face to face with the Dems then changed his mind after the fact. There was a deal in place, until the orange idiot changed the terms agreed to.

  29. There is, with any shutdown, more than enough blame to go around.
    But this mess is particularly one of Donald Trump’s making.
    The stage was set when Trump unnecessarily announced that he was ending the DACA program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

    While various proposals have been floated to protect these young immigrants—a move that, at least publicly, has broad bipartisan support—Trump has sided with Republican hardliners, demanding that funding for a border wall be included in any package that codifies DACA and keeps the government open.

    The odd thing about all of this is that last week Trump got what he had professed to want—a deal that would protect DACA and include wall funding.
    For Republicans, it was a big win. Despite having little leverage, they were able to extract a number of concessions, including over $1 billion in funding for the wall.
    This is exactly the kind of face-saving compromise that is supposed to win out in these situations.

    But Trump tore that deal up for not having enough wall funding.
    He has now created a situation in which he will shut down the government over the issue
    —putting hundreds of thousands temporarily out of work and leaving hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the lurch.

    Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, deserve a great deal of blame for their lack of internal discipline and their refusal to compromise with Democrats. But they’re in this situation because of President Trump’s impulsive, self-defeating acts.

  30. raymondmac says:

    Republicans control the House, the Senate, and occupy the White House.
    Own it.
    =======================================================

    The house passed it. The white house has to wait for the senate to pass it. The senate needs democrats to get to 60. DACA is not part of the bill. There’s nothing in the bill democrats oppose. This is on them.

  31. I’m sure a bake sale or carwash will provide the funds necessary to keep the AFN on the air and if not than we can just pray about it. So much for doing your job. Spineless politicians on both sides.

  32. Lol #MAGA Morons Are Governing America is what that means. Let the mercenaries miss the games so they can think about the 2020 presidential election.

  33. mybrunoblog says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Dems…..Illegal immigrants<American military members
    ——————
    Just for the record there a lot of American military members who are part of DACA. You might be surprised on 4th of July as to how many formers military members gave their all just to be deported back home. Sad state of affairs. Even more so when 87% of Americans suppory DACA…

  34. bengalsfan20 says:
    January 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Typical tactics to blame Democrats when Republicans have control of the White House, Senate, and House. They’re incompetent. Trump is a fool.
    ———-
    Much like the way the Democrats controlled the White House, Senate, AND House during obama’s first two years as president and still did absolutely nothing regarding illegal immigration and passed the disaster of a “health bill” – the ACA?

  35. from the unhinged cultists who believe a wall will fix everything

    Right there is why there can’t be honest debate about these things.

  36. McConnell knew it wouldn’t pass and still took the vote. Instead of working for the people he represents, he took his ball and went home. One party controls everything. I can’t stand either party, but this is a new low. Some you guys eat up whatever these idiots say.

  37. Plenty of blame for all involved. Having said that, there is NO excuse for tying DACA to our military being paid or not. None. They are very underpaid as it is.

  38. sbdt says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    And to all the political savants who are lining up to blast “Schumer’s Shutdown,” the Senate needed a SIMPLE MAJORITY, not a SUPER MAORITY, to keep the money moving. So spend 30 seconds googling that, then looking at the makeup of the Senate, then reassessing your mindless talking points.

    +++++

    Uh, might want to check your facts. (Hint: Jim Acosta is not a good source on this one.) SHAME ON ALL OF THEM!!! The country didn’t default last week AND OUR TROOPS HAD A.F.N.! They, Washington D.C., couldn’t continue the status-quo to make their closed door, “it’ll be good for you” or “it’s the best we could do, Trust us…” deal(s)? Please, spare us & more importantly, take care of those who take care of us, the service men & women of the armed forces!

  39. A perfect analogy of Trump. One year into his Presidency and a Government Shutdown. This is what happens when politics is fought at the lowest level. Division, blame, scapegoating or whatever it takes to create us vs them mentality. It’s always been there, but the height of it has never risen this high since Vietnam and civil rights. A leader finds common cause on every level.

  40. Did not know so many ignorant people visited this site. Pointing fingers because a news network said so without even researching themselves. This is America these days, sadly

  41. Just a quick little question here, I’d love for the Dems to answer. So when Obama ruled the land and had a Democrat House and Senate, why didn’t they fix DACA?

  42. tommynatorii says:
    January 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Just a quick little question here, I’d love for the Dems to answer. So when Obama ruled the land and had a Democrat House and Senate, why didn’t they fix DACA?
    ——-
    Because with a GOP led HOUSE would not support a fix to DACA, so the House would not pass such a bill. C’mon, pay attention!

  43. purplepride11 says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    You people saying 60 votes is needed should do some more thinking. Maybe if the Republicans put forth a bill with a little bit of compromise for both parties in it it would have had a better chance of passing.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    The dems have been whining, literally crying and banding together to publicly stop anything POTUS and/or the reps want to do since election night. There was no way 10+ democrats would have voted for that bill. Both sides suck. They do nothing for months until it becomes a crisis. At that point they parade around pointing fingers at the other side hoping to sway the opinions of those who won’t or can’t pay attention. These morons in Congress are just drunk football fans rooting for their jersey color at this point.

  44. Only 46 of Republican senators voted for the CR, so the “60 vote” argument is bullcrap. Unless they are voting to line the pockets of the donor class, the Republicans can’t agree on anything. They are a dysfunctional party that has no core principles under which to govern. When McConnell has to go to the media to ask the President what the hell he wants, and they’re both in the same party?!?
    Like Graham said, it’s an S-show, 24/7.

  45. skawh says:
    January 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    tommynatorii says:
    January 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Just a quick little question here, I’d love for the Dems to answer. So when Obama ruled the land and had a Democrat House and Senate, why didn’t they fix DACA?
    ——-
    Because with a GOP led HOUSE would not support a fix to DACA, so the House would not pass such a bill. C’mon, pay attention!

    ———-

    Except the Dems controlled the House and Senat for Obama’ s 1st two years….

  46. Why do the “leaders” in D.C. have to tie other issues to a no-brainer bill to fund the government? One would think that funding the government would be an issue that would stand on it’s own merits by it’s self. The politicians can fight over their own agendas on a different time frame. Holding the entire nation hostage over squabbling just shows a lack of common sense. One bill, one item, one vote cut the crap. What does funding the government have to do with anything else?

  47. pkrlvr says:
    January 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    Thanks Dems…..Illegal immigrants<American military members
    —–
    Please turn off Fox news…

    ——–

    Funny coming from a brain-washed mainstream media watcher. You probably still think Trump colluded with the Russians, right? They're still pumping that almost a year later and found absolutely nothing.

    Trump ran on this as part of his immigration policy and he's now delivering on it- nothing has changed. Dems just can't accept the facts. And please note- there's a difference between legal and illegal immigrants- something dems don't quite understand as they use "immigrants" all the time and forget the" illegal" part. "We're all immigrants," they say. Yes- LEGAL immigrants. Let's put citizens before illegal immigrants- why is this so hard for dems to understand? America first.

  48. occupiers, please blame the climate change for the daca debacle & not the right, trump, or russians.

  49. Trump made good on his promise for a shutdown! I think we all know that President Draft Dodger could give a damn about our military. The Navy is smaller than the day Trump set foot in office. Great job, President Cankles!

  50. To bad all will forget this action when it comes time to vote. Disregard for any and all except themselves. When illegal issues come before one that have lost their jobs foe the selfish ACTION OF THIS CONGRESS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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