The Cleveland Indians are facing a tough offseason after another early exit from the playoffs and steep financial losses because of the pandemic. But a closer look at one of the teams in the World Series underway this week may offer fans some hope. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says it's going to be a painful offseason, but there is some hope the team can rise above.

Huge losses

Ohio State Marching Band drum major performs at halftime of an Ohio State football game
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There are even more changes coming to Ohio State football games this fall, as the university announced Monday that home games will not include performances from the marching band, cheerleaders or the school's well-known mascot.

LeBron James reignited the debate over who is the greatest basketball player of all time as he nabbed his fourth NBA title Sunday after leading his Los Angeles Lakers through a season of adversity. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says it was a hard fought championship in more ways than one.

Turning around the Lakers

The Cleveland Browns are off to their best start in nearly 20 years. First-year head coach Kevin Stefanski has led the team to a 3-1 record, built around a strong running-game and some spectacular catches. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto says it's been a fun season so far.

An exciting offense

After being bulldozed by the AFC North powerhouse Baltimore Ravens in the season opener, Pluto says the Browns have averaged 39 points per game over the last three games.

Updated Wednesday, 12:31 p.m. 

The state of Ohio will now allow for 12,000 spectators at future Cincinnati Bengals games.

Ohio State Returns To AP Top 10 Despite Delayed Start Of Season

Sep 28, 2020
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields plays against Wisconsin during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The Ohio State football team is back in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll despite not playing a single game.

Indians, Reds Advance To Playoffs In Shortened Season

Sep 28, 2020
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Cleveland.
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For the first time in seven years, the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians have both made the postseason.

The Pac-12 has changed its mind about playing football, voting unanimously to start the 2020 season on Nov. 6.

The reversal by the Pac-12's CEO group on Thursday comes about a month after the conference decided to halt all sports until Jan. 1 at the earliest in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith answers questions during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbus.
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The Ohio State University athletics department expects a $107 million deficit as a result of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the department announced spending reductions including cutting jobs and sports operating budgets, football game day expenses, and facility operations.

Ohio State Marching Band and Alumni Marching Band Members perform Script Ohio at an Ohio State football game.
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Ohio State leaders and Buckeye fans alike are welcoming the decision by the Big Ten Conference to start the football season in late October.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young (2), linebackers coach Al Washington and head coach Ryan Day celebrate after a 56-27 win against Michigan after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
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Ohio State football is coming back in October.

In a reversal from last month, the Big Ten presidents voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2020.

The Cleveland Browns will try to re-group on their home field Thursday, as they host the Bengals less than a week after an embarrassing season-opening loss in Baltimore. And they'll have 6,000 fans in the stands cheering for a win. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team has some work to do. 

FC Cincinnati's West End Stadium is still on track to be completed by spring 2021, despite the pandemic.

Team President Jeff Berding said the stadium is being built with COVID-19 safety measures in mind and believes the stadium's design will allow for a full opening next season.