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Shutdown Alert: Armed Forces Network Will NOT Show NFL Conference Championships

Marines and sailors cheer in response to a big play during the Palm Springs Bob Hope USO hosted showing of Super Bowl LI at the dining facility at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 5, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Levi Schultz)

Both parties will have to answer for this one: their failure to make a budget deal has knocked the Armed Forces Network off the air.

That means the broadcasts for both the NFC and AFC Championship Games this Sunday won't be aired. That's especially bad news for Eagles, Vikings and Jaguars fans, since those teams share a total of 4 trips to the Super Bowl between them and appearances in a championship game for all three teams have been rare. It's hard to feel the same sympathy for Patriots fans, but this could be their last Super Bowl run with old man Tom Brady.

If you can get yourself to a USO Center, the NFL will be sharing the games for free via NFL Game Pass.

That solution works for some of you, but face it: when you're near a USO Center, you're probably not far away from a bar or restaurant that's catering to NFL fans and expat Americans.

We've got just a few hours left. Contact your Congressional representatives and your Senators and let them know that you won't forget if they screw this up!

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