Sports-Starved Troops Getting TV Service Back

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 04:45 PM

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The American Forces Network, which cut sports and other programming because of the government shutdown, is coming back to full service for troops overseas.

The AFN, which provides U.S. TV and radio shows for the troops, said Sunday it was starting to come back to full capacity after the Pentagon was able to bring back most of its civilians to work, The Hill reports.

"AFN has been cleared to start returning to service!" reads a message posted on the network's Facebook page.

"It will take us a couple of days to get our full channel lineup on the air, but we're going to broadcast each additional channel as it becomes available. We know that many of you follow popular shows, and we will work to address airing the episodes you've missed." 

AFN shuttered all TV channels except the news during the shutdown, which meant no NFL football games or Major League Baseball playoff games for the troops.

AFN showed two NFL games on its news channel Sunday — the Denver Broncos vs. the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Houston Texans.

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