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FOX Sports gets NFL Thursday Night Football rights for five seasons

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FOX Sports and the National Football League have reached an agreement to broadcast Thursday Night Football games for five seasons, beginning in 2018, both parties announced in a joint statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's an indication that the League feels the Thursday Night broadcast is working to attract more fans and revenue, despite years of complaints that Thursday night games heightened injury risk and lowered the quality of play.