NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus compares the NFL to another event that draws families together in front of the TV, the Olympics able to overcome what he describes as a nation. League first added Thursday night games in 2006 on NFL Network, looking to increase distribution and viewership for its fledgling cable channel. With that accomplished, the next goal was to convince more fans to consider Thursday the start of the football weekend..
A three tower complex with more square footage than International Plaza has won final City Council approval, setting the stage for a huge transformation of the area south of the University of Tampa.John Avlon, president of the Hillsborough River Realty Corp., which owns the property, said the company can now move to the next stage of design for the project, which does not have an announced start date.”City Council’s unanimous approval of Lafayette Place reflects public confidence in the emerging development which brings new urban density to the west bank of the Hillsborough River,” Avlon said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.Lafayette Place will be anchored by Lafayette Tower, a 40 story building rising south of Kennedy Boulevard at the foot of the bridge leading to downtown. It is planned to include 12 floors of hotel rooms and 24 of offices, plus retail.Lafayette Tower will be connected by a skybridge over Parker Street to the Lafayette Parkview, a neighboring 26 story tower with high end residential, retail and a parking garage.A couple of blocks away at Cleveland Street and Hyde Park Avenue will be Lafayette Central, another 26 story residential tower.The project represents an ambitious update of a plan approved in 1997 that called for an office tower and retail space.By comparison, the newly approved plan includes nearly 1.8 million square feet of offices, hotel, multifamily housing, parking, stores, restaurants, bars and boat slips.”Before it was just a giant office building,” said Bob McDonaugh, the city’s top development official. “This is, I think, more reflective of the existing market.”Avlon’s company has owned the land near the bridge for three decades, and the project’s name harkens to the days when Kennedy Boulevard was named Lafayette Street.
During the next five games, O’Donnell led the Titans to a 4 1 record. McNair returned against the St. Louis Rams, and with McNair starting, Tennessee won seven of its last nine games, good for a record of 13 3 and second place in the AFC Central.. But the quartet is fun. They make me better, we all make each other better, they also my best friends, two of them are my roommates. So that was part of it.