U.S. Military TV Network Goes Off Air Overseas Due to Government Shutdown, Preventing Troops From Watching Games


October 4, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, the federal government shut down on Tuesday. While several stories explaining the hardships this is causing people have already made headlines, this is one you may not have thought of.

The American Forces Network (AFN), a TV station that broadcasts popular American shows for troops overseas, has almost completely shut down, according to an Associated Press report. For many troops, AFN is the only source of whatever news, entertainment or sports they choose to indulge in. As of Tuesday, that changed.

AFN has stopped broadcasting MLB and NFL games and all entertainment programs. According to its Facebook page, the station is facing “mandatory staff reductions at the AFN broadcast center, mandated by the government shutdown.”

The only station still completely functioning is AFN News.

The U.S. service academies’ football games will reportedly be aired this weekend. But other than that, almost nothing.

AFN provides a form of escape for many troops stationed around the world. Let’s hope the popular station gets back on the air soon.

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Thanks to FOX Sports for the tip. 

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