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614Sports: #SaveTheCrew jerseys are mysterious, available for pre-sale

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Good afternoon, here is the latest with sports in the (614)…

Moving South in the Winter

It’s said that money can’t buy happiness, but Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter is hoping it can help replace 31 goals and 10 assists last season from now former Crew SC offensive stars Ola Kamara and Justin Meram. While Mr. Kamara was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, Mr. Meram was just traded to Orlando City SC—a team that finished tied for second to last in points in the Eastern Conference in 2017—for more than $1 million in allocation money (general and targeted) spread through 2019, as well as an international spot on the roster.

Reportedly, part of the motivation for Mr. Meram’s trade request was due to the uncertainty of Crew SC’s status in Columbus following this season. However, concerning the relocation issue, as Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend!” Local investors are rumored to have been brought back into negotiations in this fluid, ongoing situation.

FYI – Crew SC defensive midfielder and Gahanna’s favorite son Wil Trapp captained the USMNT this past Sunday in a nil-nil friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, California alongside fellow club teammates Zac Steffen and Gyasi Zardes.

#SaveTheCrew is Getting Personal(ized)

The determined and ever-evolving #SaveTheCrew movement has made their customized jersey available for pre-sale on their website, savethecrew.com. Dubbed “The Community Kit” and priced at $75, the jersey’s various design features will be strategically revealed in the coming days and weeks. Check their website to pre-order now and to start unlocking the secrets to this exciting new locally sponsored jersey for the 2018 MLS season starting February 1.

OSU Was Boom-Shaka-Lacking at the Buzzer

Following an 82-79 NBA Jam-like finish against Penn State last week in Columbus that snapped Ohio State’s 9-game conference winning streak, the Buckeyes (18-5, 9-1) next battle the Indiana Hoosiers (12-10, 5-5) at home tonight. Dropping four spots in the national rankings, the #17 Buckeyes find themselves in what could be a telling game for their forthcoming February slate. After struggling in two consecutive Big Ten matchups against Nebraska and Penn State, the men in scarlet and gray need to reassert their dominance through balanced scoring and distribution, plus tighter defense on the perimeter (Penn State was 11-14 from 3) with fundamental precision. Tip-off between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Schott broadcasted on ESPN 2.

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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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