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For years, college football longed to build a football playoff system for one simple reason: money.

Unlike basketball's March Madness, which generated a record $1 billion in advertising revenue alone in 2013, the NCAA didn't make a dime off the bowl system that year. Who did? TV networks, the bowl organizers and the coaches.

Well, enough of that. When it was announced that the new four-team football playoff would start in 2014, the TV rights alone would be worth almost half a billion dollars for just three games.

The Indians’ World Series run helped them land one of the biggest hitters in the game. But signing Edwin Encarnacion still took a bit of strategy and luck. WSKU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to our commentator Terry Pluto about the Indians’ budget-busting $60 million deal: 

You’d have to be living under a rock in Northeast Ohio to miss the fact that the dreaded curse ended this year.  The 52-year-pro-sports championship drought came to an end when the Cavs came from being down 3-games-to-1 in the NBA Finals to win Game 7 on the road.

The NBA is tapping into fans’ nostalgia by encouraging teams to wear retro uniforms for a handful of games this season. It’s a promotion intended to sell more jerseys. But for the Cavs, bringing back the bright orange of the mid 1980’s carries a deeper meaning.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it all started in 1980 when Ted Stepien bought the team. "Arguably, the worst owner in the history of pro sports,” Pluto says. 

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After winning away games both Friday and Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team hikes to a 20-5-4 season record. They bring their so-far successful run back to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night for the start of four home games.

The Cleveland Browns are ready to start tapping into a new fan base. The team is finalizing a deal to bring part of its training camp to Columbus by 2018. It’s a plan that’s been in the works for years, and includes keeping one week of the roughly five-week camp at its headquarters in Berea.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the plan would involve building new facilities at Tuttle Park near Ohio State University.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not consider a challenge to the terms of a concussion-related settlement between the National Football League and more than 20,000 retired players.

The deal settled a class-action filed by former players who accused the NFL of covering up what it knew about the link between playing professional football and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The Cleveland Browns return from their bye week staring down an 0-16 season. The front office recently held a staff meeting for all team employees to argue that this is not the time to make coaching and management changes despite the team now having lost 30 of their last 33 games. 

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to our commentator Terry Pluto about the state of the franchise: 

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It was a good regular season for the Ohio State football team, and beer vendors inside the stadium. It was the first season of beer sales throughout Ohio Stadium during Buckeye football games, and fans were drinking up.

For the second time in three years, the Ohio State University football team has made the four-team postseason playoff. The Buckeyes learned on Sunday that they made the tournament ahead of Penn State, despite losing to the Nittany Lions during the regular season and the Big Ten championship that Penn Sate won on Saturday.

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The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association is voicing its displeasure over the Big Ten's decision to play some games on Friday night next year.

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The village of Obetz plans to spend $15 million to demolish the now-closed Columbus Motor Speedway and build a 6,500-seat athletic stadium on the site.

The University of Mount Union football program had the longest regular-season winning streak in the NCAA -- until this past weekend. It ended at 112 games to their Division III neighbors to the north, John Carroll University.

With the win, John Carroll claimed the Ohio Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1994 and snagged an automatic bid to the 32-team Division III tournament. Mount Union, meanwhile, received an at-large bid. 

The two teams could meet again in the NCAA tournament which begins this weekend.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James continues to cement his legacy as one of the NBA’s greats. James has moved into 10th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hakeen Olajuwan.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto has been following James since he was a teenager in Akron and just put out a book on the Cavs championship run called The Comeback.

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 9-3 in Game 6 of the World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The best-of-seven series is now even at three games each. The decisive Game 7 will be played Wednesday in Cleveland.

The Cubs were led by starter Jake Arrieta, who gave up two runs and three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out nine and walked three Cleveland batters. He also had the luxury of watching teammate Addison Russell collect six RBIs, with a two-run double in the first inning and a grand slam in the third.

Dublin Coffman High School

The Dublin Coffman High School football program has been put on probation for two years for recruiting violations.  The team's head coach also faces a suspension if the team makes the playoffs.

The Indians lead the Chicago Cubs in the World Series after winning last night at Progressive Field, 6-0. Heading in to Game 2 tonight, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz reports the team is embracing the motto “Cleveland against the world.”

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The first game of the World Series is tonight in Cleveland.  It pits the two teams with the longest droughts in World Series championships: The Indians and Chicago Cubs.  

The success of the Indians has caught sports fans here by surprise.  Some are still coming to grips with their Cavaliers winning the NBA championship in June, as Ideastream's Mark Urycki reports.


The Indians lead the Blue Jays 3-0 in the ALCS.
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The Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 last night to move within one win of a World Series berth.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets start a new season Thursday night. The Jackets open the season at home inside Nationwide Arena against the Boston Bruins, and expectations are down following a 2015-2016 season that ended with the Jackets as one of the league's worst teams.

The Cleveland Indians face the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday. Both teams were considered underdogs who then swept their respective division series.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Blue Jays had to win a one-game Wild Card to even make it into the playoffs. 

The Indians are considered heavy underdogs in their first playoff series since 2007. The Tribe faces the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field tomorrow to begin the American League Division Series. And these two teams have a lot of history. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says, at least on paper, the Indians are at a real disadvantage, especially with all their injuries. 

Ohio State Ready For Rutgers After Bye Week

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After a bye week, the Ohio State Buckeyes are back in business. Ohio State took care of Oklahoma in a big matchup on the road. Now it's time for the Buckeyes to avoid a mishap against Rutgers on Homecoming.

  Cleveland’s magical year in sports rolls on, with the Indians celebrating their first American League Central title in nearly a decade. They clinched a postseason berth by beating rival Detroit on Monday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says clinching the division on the Tiger’s home field made a statement. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially begun their quest for back-to-back NBA Championships. Today the team held its media day which marks the start of training camp.  LeBron James says last season’s championship does not guarantee a repeat this season.

The Buckeye Bullet has set another record. The electric car operated by a team of students at Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research set the land-speed record for an electric car this week on the Bonneville Salts flats in Utah. 

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