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Despite a federal government shutdown that has caused non-essential government services to be shuttered, a television network for USA military personnel stationed overseas will still operate. It showed the AFN logo with the words: "Due to the government shutdown, AFN services are not available".

This means that Sunday's National Football League conference championship games - the AFC Championship between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots, and the NFC Championship between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles - will not be broadcast to service members overseas. According to Pro Football Talk, servicemen and women with access to USO Centers will be able to watch the games free of charge through the NFL GamePass.

Previous to this most recent update, Dana White, a chief Pentagon spokesperson, told CNN that "sports broadcasts are not considered an essential activity", thus calling for the suspension of the AFN.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce we have been given the authority to bring back limited television services", AFN Director Dave Honchul said. The network airs American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.

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. 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.

The AFC game is scheduled for a 3:05 pm kickoff, while the NFC game is set to get underway at 6:40 pm.

But one thing that the Democrats can never be accused of is doing what is in the best interests of those who serve and who for some odd reason they seem to view as adversarial forces.


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