Shutdown Politics: U.S. Troops Overseas Unable to Watch NFL, MLB Games While Camp David Open
U.S. troops overseas will be probably be unable to watch NFL and MLB playoff games on the Armed Services Network due to the government shutdown while Camp David is kept open in case President Barack Obama wants to go on a retreat.
The Washington Examiner noted will be "little if any service" on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) on overseas bases, and a notice on the Armed Forces Network page reads:
“GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. Due to the government shutdown, the Defense Department can only provide limited overseas television, radio, print and web services.”
Intercollegiate athletics at the service academies have also been cancelled but college football games, which are played without appropriated funds, this weekend between Air-Force and Navy and Army and Boston College will go on after there had been much uncertainty.
The AFN station, which allows U.S. troops to have a sense of normalcy by keeping up with sports back home, will face mandatory staff cuts. According to NESN, the only station that is apparently working is AFN News.