Armed Forces Network Cuts Sports, Entertainment Programs For Troops, But Continues News
This is what we woke up to on our TV – American Forces Network goes dark. #AFN #Congress pic.twitter.com/2Yw9We0rGv
— Two Crabs (@twocrabs) October 1, 2013
So basically, again, not a monetary decision, but a pinhead decision, not about actually saving any money. According to AFN, “we determined”(whoever “we” is) that it wasn’t right to run it, given the law, that it was “non-essential” according to the DoD directive.
U.S. troops deployed worldwide won’t get to watch their favorite pro sports teams while the government is closed for business.
The American Forces Network will not broadcast Major League Baseball playoff games or this weekend’s NFL games during the government shutdown, according to its Facebook page.
“We determined we do not have a sound policy or legal basis to air the sports channels at this time because it is not deemed critical to … military operations and activities,” the post reads. “In essence, we think we should walk a careful line on not providing any programs beyond the news/information realm, which can be clearly tied to direct support of force protection, situational awareness and readiness.”
The decision drew angry response from AFN Facebook and Twitter followers:
“We can read the news online, sports is more of a moral lifter, especially for the troops deployed.”
“I made due with all the cruddy commercials you play. Now you take away my football on the weekends.”
“I find this appalling. What a slap in the face to morale to these guys who cling to things like this to feel connected to back home.”