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Deployed U.S. Troops Won't Be Able To Watch NFL Conference Championship Games

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Deployed U.S. troops will miss this weekend's NFL action.

On Friday night the Senate was unable to pass a short-term spending bill leading to the first government shutdown since 2013. The news actually affects the sports world a bit too.

Saturday morning, Air Force announced that due to the shutdown, the school has been forced to cancel all athletic events. But college sports aren't the only thing affected.

U.S. military personnel overseas need to find another way to watch the NFL’s NFC and AFC football championship games. The Armed Forces Network that usually carries the games has been taken off the air during this government shutdown.

It was not immediately known why AFN was taken off the air this year, when it remained intact during the 2013 shutdown. U.S. military personnel already voiced their concerns with the decision.

According to Pro Football Talk, American Forces Network has confirmed that its programming is not available while the government is shut down. There are other ways to catch the game.

Those with the available resources will be able to watch the game on a stream. CBS Sports is reportedly carrying a live stream of the AFC Championship game.

It is unclear where the NFC Championship game can be seen. Despite streams being available, not every U.S. military personnel overseas will have access to the required resources necessary.

Let's just hope the government shutdown ends before the Super Bowl in order to avoid a disaster. We'd hope a solution would be found before then anyway.

As it stands, U.S. military personnel will be forced to find a live stream of the games.