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Mike Reynolds opens a scrap book full of his biggest running memories, including his race bib from the first Columbus Marathon in 1980.

“It cost $7 to enter,” Reynolds says. “And you had to finish to get your windbreaker.”

The View From Pluto: The Curious Career of David Blatt

Oct 16, 2019

As the Cavs get ready to open the season with new head coach John Beilein, a former coach is back in the headlines. David Blatt, who led the Cavs to the NBA Finals in 2015, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Blatt was fired halfway into his second season -- the year the Cavs won the title. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto reflected on Blatt's brief and tumultuous NBA career.

Funding Crew Stadium

Oct 15, 2019
The Crew stadium sits inside a larger Confluence Village development.
Columbus Crew

Columbus City officials publicly pledged $50 million toward a Downtown stadium for the Columbus Crew SC and to renovate Mapfre Stadium for other purposes. 

A new report from The Columbus Dispatch has revealed the city share to be nearly twice as much. 

Today on All Sides, we look at the numbers and funding for the city’s soccer stadium.

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Columbus Crew and city officials at the groundbreaking for the team's new downtown stadium on Oct. 10, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Columbus Crew SC broke ground on its new downtown stadium Thursday afternoon. Over 4,000 fans cheered as city officials and Haslam Sports Group executives dug ceremonial shovels into dirt at the Arena District site.

The Crew stadium sits inside a larger Confluence Village development.
Columbus Crew

Just hours before a planned groundbreaking ceremony, the Columbus Crew have reached an agreement with Nationwide Realty Investors to purchase the land on which the new downtown stadium will sit.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Mayor Andrew Ginther is pushing back against reports that the city is spending almost double the amount of public money it originally proposed for the Columbus Crew stadium.

The View From Pluto: The Browns Get a Slice of Humble Pie

Oct 9, 2019

The Cleveland Browns can’t seem to build much momentum five games into the season. They’re 2-3 after an embarrassing 31-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said from the coaching to the quarterback, nothing about the Browns looked good this week.

Columbus Crew supporters at the Nordecke fan section on September 29, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

At the last home game of the 2019 season, a puff of yellow smoke fills the air in the Columbus Crew’s Nordecke supporter section, as fans donning black and yellow wave banners and flags.

California recently passed a law that will allow college athletes to be compensated through endorsement deals beginning in 2023. Some state lawmakers want to pass a similar bill in Ohio. 

Columbus Blue Jackets

The puck drops Friday night at 7 p.m. for the start of the NHL season for the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Fans may be wondering how this team will perform, since several of its top players departed after a successful season last year.

Student Athletes and Compensation

Oct 3, 2019
NCAA

The governor of California has signed into law a ban on NCAA rules that bars from competition schools where student athletes may be compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness. 

The law goes into effect in four years. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: compensation for collegiate student athletes.

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