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614 Sports: More bullsh*t from Precourt’s minions at Crew Supporters Summit

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#SaveTheCrew Hasn’t Reached Its True Summit…Yet

The one thing 200 dedicated Crew fans reportedly didn’t hear at the annual Crew Supporters Summit at MAPFRE Stadium this week was unwavering support and/or confirmation of their team’s future in Columbus. Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was conveniently absent (and you thought the lion in The Wizard of Oz was cowardly). Instead, Mr. Precourt’s local stooge, Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, took center stage, as did one of the men caught in the middle of this turmoil, Crew SC Sporting Director & Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

Mr. Loughnane’s tone in the meeting was reportedly an attempt to essentially place the blame on the shoulders of the Columbus business environment. He even went as far as to say the soccer franchise has experienced “significant resistance” from local corporations in the past 20-ish years. As reported in the Dispatch, Mr. Loughnane said that a major spike in corporate sponsorship/support is a necessary next-step for the city of Columbus regarding its MLS future.

Okay, but recaps from this summit and the ongoing Crew SC news throughout the past few months have revealed that Mr. Precourt’s groups in Columbus and Austin have been pushing (pardon me) just a bunch of bullshit from the beginning. Where was this open, transparent flow of relentless dialogue voicing specific and critical concerns throughout the past several years from Mr. Precourt? Perhaps one of the reasons why the truth surrounding Crew SC’s potential move to Austin in 2019 didn’t see the light of day at this year’s Crew Supporters Summit is because it’s mid-February. But have faith that the truth (and justice) will eventually shine bright because just as the weather continues to get warmer, so will the resolve of Crew fans and Columbus business leaders to #SaveTheCrew

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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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