USA military personnel overseas need to find another way to watch the NFL's NFC and AFC football championship games.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seized on the AFN blackout, tweeting a picture of a television with an AFN logo and the phrase, "Due to the government shutdown, AFN services are not available".
The NFL has had a public relations problem ever since protests during the national anthem began and were linked to disrespect of the military, causing it to lose many fans for good.
The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued.
The Armed Forces Network (AFN) is one of the victims of the genius political gambit by Senate Dems to sink a stopgap government funding measure as a way to hold the Trump administration hostage until they get their way on granting continued amnesty to almost 800,000 illegal aliens under DACA.
Servicemen and women took to Twitter to share an unusual message on their TV screens provided by the American Forces Network. The academy also has tennis and wrestling matches scheduled on Sunday that will likely be postponed too.
Military members can watch tomorrow's NFL games at USO Centers overseas through NFL Game Pass for free.
However, if congress does not strike a deal to get things back to normal within a couple of weeks, there will be bigger problems for the armed forces; though they will still be required to work, they will not get paid after February 1 during a government shutdown, CNN reported. The network airs American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.
The loss of AFN programming means USA military personnel overseas had to find another way to watch the NFL's NFC and AFC football championship games.
It is unclear where the NFC Championship game can be seen.