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614 Sports: Can CBJ ride winning wave, survive Avalanche?

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CBJ: The Avalanche (of Wins?) Is Coming

The last two games on their west coast trip saw the Columbus Blue Jackets (73 points) defeat and outscore the San Jose Sharks (79 points) and Vegas Golden Knights (89 points) by a combined score of 8-3. CBJ winger #9 Artemi Panarin netted 3 goals and 2 assists in these games. Skating on thin ice with the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets are surprising their superior opponents. Returning home to face the Colorado Avalanche (77 points), fans are hoping this small winning streak against higher-ranked teams continues versus a squad also on thin ice in the Western Conference’s Wild Card race.

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio.

(Attorney) General DeWine Is Battling for Columbus’ Crew

Good News: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine kept his word from late last year and has taken legal action against Precourt Sports Ventures and MLS concerning the club’s potential move to Austin after this season. The joint response from MLS and Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was unsurprisingly misleading and delusional. Now, one of the immediate benefits of this Art Modell-inspired lawsuit is that the public association between Anthony Precourt and Art Modell is getting stronger by the day for soccer fans and non-soccer fans alike who are following this ever-evolving story.

Better News: #SaveTheCrew’s “Community Kit” will be revealed in its entirety tonight at King Avenue 5 from 6-9 p.m. in Grandview. Details here. The locally-sponsored jersey is both a reminder of Crew SC’s dedicated, widespread local business support and the unyielding, resourceful movement of the beautiful game.

Great News: Following a 2-nil season-opening road win against last season’s MLS Cup champions, Columbus Crew SC hosts the Montreal Impact this Saturday afternoon at MAPFRE Stadium at 1 p.m. on ABC 6 WSYX and Spectrum Sports.

#SaveTheCrew and #FillTheFre

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Columbus is a frontrunner to host return of the NHL in proposed plan

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With some teams telling players to report for workouts on May 15, the future of the current NHL season is still anything but certain. For now, it seems hockey commissioner Gary Bettman is eyeing a a plan to finish out regular season play by centralizing games at four locations. According to a report from the New York Post, Columbus and the facilities at Nationwide Arena are among the frontrunners being considered to host one of these proposed "quadrants," should the NHL resume play this summer.

Hockey blog thehockeywriters.com offers a deep-dive into the many factors that have put Columbus on the short list of candidates for this modified NHL season, including the abundance of hotels in the area of Nationwide Arena, the more-than-adequate facilities of the arena itself, and the encouragingly low number of Covid cases in Franklin County.

While it's still way, way too early to say whether or not this plan will move forward, it's encouraging nonetheless to see Columbus recognized as a frontrunner for the return of national televised sports. Just don't count on sitting in the stands with 80k of your fellow fans anytime soon.

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Memorial Tourney gets mid-summer date but will fans be allowed?

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It may be a little early to break out the polo shirt and comfy walking shoes, but the good news is that one the city's most visible sporting events will be held this year after all. The big question remains: will Gov. DeWine allow fans to attend?

Thursday, the PGA Tour announced The Memorial Tournament will play the week of July 13-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and feature an increased field from 120 to 144 players. The invitational’s one-time expanded field size allowance will provide additional playing opportunities for touring professionals in light of the TOUR’s reduced schedule.

“This is an unprecedented time in our world, as well as the world of sports,” said Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “I can’t emphasize enough the message related to doing your part by social distancing and helping our nation and world by slowing this pandemic. But while we all need to come together and be strong, we also need to be understanding and flexible."

Recognizing Governor DeWine’s Ohio Stay at Home order and public gatherings ban guidelines currently in place, the Memorial will proceed with an understanding that its operation may require alterations. The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will continue to offer patron badges, enhanced with a special offer that includes honoring original presale badge rates – starting at $185 for a weekly patron badge – and a complimentary $20 merchandise card (limit one per order, per household) redeemable at all on-site golf shops during Tournament week.

The Tournament plans to monitor the State of Ohio COVID-19 regulations and will employ changes relative to patron access if needed. If it is determined that the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will be staged without patrons, a full refund policy will be implemented.

“This has been a couple months we would soon like to forget, but hopefully we can make this a summer to remember," added Nicklaus.

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Goodbye Yellow and Black? Columbus Crew could change name

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With the announcement of the new downtown stadium in the post-"Save the Crew" era, the future of Columbus Crew SC seemed secure.

Now, a report from The Dispatch is once against casting doubt on the club's continued existence—at least in its current form. According to "sources close to the Crew’s front office," management is giving serious thought to changing the team name, colors, and logo by the time the new stadium opens in the summer of 2021.

For commentary on the situation, including a statement from a team spokesperson, read the full rundown at The Dispatch.

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