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There’s a growing argument in the pro sports world to eliminate the NFL preseason. Teams play four games during the month of August, mostly using backups and soon-to-be-cut journeymen. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the NFL preseason is big dollars for very little entertainment.  

A full crowd at Ohio Stadium.
The Ohio State University

The crowd was deafening inside Ohio Stadium for the kickoff of last year’s game against Michigan. But lately, it’s perhaps a little less deafening than before.

The National Football League Foundation has announced it will install a new, professional quality artificial-turf field in Dayton's Kettering Field park.

The Cleveland Browns have just wrapped up their mandatory mini-camp and won't return to the field for another six weeks. Our commentator Terry Pluto says based on what he's seen, it's not going to be hard for fans to get excited this year. But there are plenty of off-the-field distractions as the new-look team tries to mesh. 

On the field

The revamped Cleveland Browns are participating in OTA practices this week in Berea with new star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance. 

Dayton has hired a national consulting firm that city officials say specializes in cultural and historic preservation to conduct testing at the site of a proposed National Football League-funded field.

The recently announced NFL project at Triangle Park has been on hold for more than a week after some Native American groups warned the park is home to Native burial remains. 

The National Football League announced it would sponsor construction of a new professional-quality turf football field at Triangle Park as part of the league’s centennial season.

Ohio Sports Figures

Apr 15, 2019
Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon

Ohio athletes LeBron James, Archie Griffin and Jesse Owens ring a bell. Each has been a legend in his own time. 

But what about Alta Weiss and John McClendon?

We talk about the history of sports in Ohio and the athletes, from superstars to barrier breakers. 

Today on All Sides, Ohio sports figures, their stories, and significance.

Akron company Hedgemon was inspired by a hedgehog's quills to design a new football helmet.
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Among the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to try to solve the crisis of concussions in football, one effort is inspired by a hand-sized ball of quills: the hedgehog.

Portsmouth Stealth is the subject of a new documentary called "'Til The Wheels Fall Off."
Portsmouth Stealth

The owner of a Portsmouth football team is finding his own way to bring hope to an area hit hard by Ohio's opioid epidemic.

 Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws as Northwestern defensive back Alonzo Mayo (10) defends during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy / AP

An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for 10 schools, excluding The Ohio State University.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a catch during a NFL preseason game on August 21, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns.
Erik Drost / Wikimedia Commons

Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland.

The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Ryan Day gestures during football practice in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Ohio State has a new head coach, a reconstituted offensive line and a transfer quarterback who has never started a college football game. But that doesn't mean expectations will be adjusted for a team that went 86-9 in the past seven seasons under Urban Meyer.

Arena Football League executive Rob Jaworski announced that the Columbus Destroyers would return to play at Nationwide Arena, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Officials with Columbus’ new Arena Football League team are looking for a new mascot, and they’re only asking women to apply.

Arena Football League executive Rob Jaworski announced that the Columbus Destroyers would return to play at Nationwide Arena, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Arena football is coming back to Columbus, with the Destroyers returning to Nationwide Arena for the first time since 2008. 

Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the NFL have reached an agreement to settle his allegations that league teams colluded to deny him a contract after his controversial protests in which he took a knee during the national anthem.

The league has also reached a deal with Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid over similar collusion allegations.

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