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What live sporting event will be coming to Nationwide this summer?

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Update: This article has been updated with specific match information.

Columbus will get its first taste of live sports since the pandemic closed down the country in March.

The Basketball Tournament, a 5-on-5 annual single-elimination competition, won’t be missing its chance at displaying high-stakes basketball this year. The 2019 Tournament champion Carmen’s Crew, a team consisting of Ohio State alumni, will get the opportunity to defend its title in its hometown. 

Although the tournament won’t consist of the usual 64-team format or have fans in attendance, TBT is still dedicated to bringing live sports to Nationwide Arena for all 23 tournament games. Games will also be broadcast live on the ESPN family of television networks.

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In its seventh installment, TBT will go with a condensed 24-team bracket. The tournament hosted an open application process earlier this year between March 15 and June 15. The pot for the winner-take-all tournament will be over $1 million.

Here are when the specific rounds of the tournament will take place:

  • Round of 24: July 4-5
  • Round of 16: July 6-9
  • Quarterfinals: July 10-11
  • Semifinals: July 12
  • Final: July 14

Here are when the specific games will take place:

  • July 4 
  • 3 p.m. – #9 Big X vs. #24 Jackson TN Underdawgs (ESPN) 
  • 5 p.m. – #12 Team Brotherly Love vs. #21 Stillwater Stars (Oklahoma State alumni) (ESPN)
  • 8 p.m. – #16 House of ‘Paign (Illinois alumni) vs. #17 War Tampa (ESPN) 
  • 10 p.m. – #13 Team CP3 vs. #20 Mid-American Unity (ESPN)
  • July 5
  • 2 p.m. – #10 Team Jimmy V vs. #23 Herd That (Marshall alumni) (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #11 Team Hines vs. #22 Sideline Cancer (ESPN)
  • 7 p.m. – #14 Heartfire vs. #19 Men of Mackey (Purdue alumni) (ESPN2)
  • 9 p.m. – #15 Armored Athlete vs. #18 Power of the Paw (Clemson alumni) (ESPN2)
  • July 6
  • 7 p.m. – #5 Eberlein Drive vs. Brotherly Love/Stillwater Stars (ESPN)
  • 9 p.m. – #4 Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) vs. Team CP3/Mid-American Unity (ESPN)
  • July 7
  • 2 p.m. – #6 Team Challenge ALS vs. Team Hines/Sideline Cancer (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alumni) vs. Heartfire/Men of Mackey (ESPN)
  • July 8
  • 2 p.m. – #8 Red Scare (Dayton alumni) vs. Big X/Jackson TN Underdawgs (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #1 Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State alumni) vs. House of ‘Paign/War Tampa (ESPN)
  • July 9
  • 2 p.m. – #7 The Money Team (TMT) vs. Jimmy V/Herd That (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – #2 Overseas Elite vs. Armored Athlete/Power of the Paw (ESPN)
  • July 10
  • 2 p.m. – Quarterfinal #1 (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – Quarterfinal #2 (ESPN)
  • July 11
  • 2 p.m. – Quarterfinal #3 (ESPN)
  • 4 p.m. – Quarterfinal #4 (ESPN)
  • July 12
  • 4 p.m. – Semifinal #1 (ESPN)
  • 6 p.m. – Semifinal #2 (ESPN)
  • July 14
  • 7 p.m. – Championship Game (ESPN)

For more information, check out TBT’s website here.

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Capital University to retire team name and mascot

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Capital University today announced that it is changing the name of its sports teams. They will no longer be the Crusaders. 

Also gone is team mascot, Cappy. 

In a statement, the school said, “In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades.” 

Although the subject of teams making name changes has been in the news lately, Capital said they have been giving the matter consideration for some time.

The university said that before today’s Board of Trustees decision, they conducted a “15-month process of study, discussion, and reflection.” 

“We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and prideful [sic] for all who are affiliated with Capital,” said the news release.

There is no timetable on when they will announce a new team name and mascot, but the school does plan on holding question-and-answer sessions with faculty and students on July 15. 

On the same day of this announcement, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they had no updates on any potential name change for them.   

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Big Ten sports will be conference-only come this fall

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Hold your beers, Buckeyes!

If you had plans to head out to Oregon come September to see the Buckeyes take on the Ducks, you’ll have to put your cooler back in the garage, because cross-country football road trips are on hiatus for 2020. 

According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN, the Big Ten Conference is going to announce conference-only play for fall athletics. You can read the official statement from the Big Ten here.

The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to announce the decision to scrap non-conference games. After losing non-conference games with the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is expected to make a similar announcement, according to The Athletic.

Some of the reasons behind a conference-only schedule include cutting down on travel while also making sure that athletes are being tested diligently for COVID-19.

There is support amongst Big Ten teams to keep one non-conference game, but the majority support a shortened 10-game schedule.

If this were the case, and basing it off of the original 2020 OSU football schedule, here is who the Buckeyes would match up against this fall:

  • vs. Rutgers on Sept. 26
  • vs. Iowa on Oct. 10
  • @ Michigan State on Oct. 17
  • @ Penn State on Oct. 24
  • vs. Nebraska on Oct. 31
  • vs. Indiana on Nov. 7
  • @ Maryland on Nov. 14
  • @ Illinois on Nov. 21
  • vs. Michigan on Nov. 28

As long as we get to beat Xichigan, right? You can keep an eye on the OSU football schedule here.

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Another professional Columbus sports team might see action this year

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While the Columbus Crew were sent down to Orlando to compete in a tournament to restart the season, the NHL is close to following in similar fashion, according to a report from ESPN.

According to ESPN, the NHL and NHLPA have finalized protocols that would allow for the season to start Aug. 1, with training camps resuming July 13. Play will occur in two hub locations, including Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as told to ESPN.

That means Columbus could see its beloved Blue Jackets back in action in a few short weeks. 

There’s more at stake in teams returning to NHL play than there are for the MLS teams competing down in Florida. If an agreement is reached, the NHL will skate right into a 24-team playoff.

That’s not before starting training camp, which has a target date of July 13. If all goes well, the Blue Jackets will travel to Toronto on July 25 or 26 to compete in exhibition games.

The playoffs would begin the following week with a qualifying round in which the Blue Jackets would face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five series. 

Players have the opportunity to opt-out of playing without being penalized. 

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