With the opening of county offices in the Firestone Triangle building, the city of Akron is looking at the future of the main Firestone building.
Akron deputy mayor for intergovernmental affairs Marco Sommerville says that there's one goal in mind for reuse of the Firestone building: jobs.
"Of course, our first priority there, if we could get some type of manufacturing there, some type of office use, those are probably our first choices" Sommerville tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "but we'll entertain anything."
Sommerville says given the condition of the Firestone building, it will probably be torn down for a new use at the site.
"It is probably an older building, it probably is not energy efficient," Sommerville says, "and it probably would serve a better purpose if it was torn down and the land was redeveloped.
But he says the city has a history of reusing existing property, like with Canal Place and the East End development at the former Goodyear headquarters, so that's not being ruled out either.
The county offices at the nearby Firestone Triangle building are there for the long term.
Summit County Executive Russ Pry has banned all official county government travel to North Carolina in response to the state's controversial "Bathroom Bill."
North Carolina House Bill 2 includes provisions that require people to use the public restroom that corresponds with their biological sex and that supercede non-discrimination laws passed by municipalities. Opponents of the bill, including Pry, contend the bill discriminates against the LGBT community.
Pry joined The Jasen Sokol Show to explain his decision:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to capture the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and with just a few games, left, the Wine and Gold needs to tighten some things up before the playoffs begin.
Joe Vardon, who covers the Cavaliers and LeBron James for Cleveland.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team heading down the home stretch, and some of their issues as they start the second season.
"This team is supposed to be deeper, should have gotten past some of these issues by now and they haven't," Vardon said.
On the injury front, I swingman Iman Shumpert will be done for the week, having his knee drained and it's been tough to figure out what's wrong with backup guard Mo Williams' knee. Vardon expects Shump to be ready for the playoffs,and Williams' status is unknown for the time being.
The Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks will play tonight, tip off at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.
The Ohio State football team is wrapping up spring practice, and with some holes to fill at certain positions due to graduation and early entry into the NFL, coach Urban Meyer has to see what the youngsters can do to prove themselves moving forward.
Marcus Hartman from the Buckeye Sports Bulletin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the spring season and what players are doing their best to separate themselves from the pack and become contributors for the Buckeyes this fall.
One of the more interesting battles has been at backup QB between Joe Burrow and Stephen Collier. Marcus says he'll be watching that matchup closely to see who will be #2 behind incumbent starter J.T Barrett.
The Buckeyes are also looking for depth along the offensive line as well, who are losing some multi-year starters, including Taylor Decker to the National Football League's draft later this month. Marcus talked about how the line play and finding the next starters and stars up front is crucial to OSU's success.
The Masters is going to start up tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia, and a field of talented golfers will be vying for the Green Jacket yet again at Augusta National.
Emily Kay, Golf writer for SB Nation joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the field and what the chances are for Jordan Speith defending his title.
"There's 10 or 15 guys that you wouldn't be surprised if they won," Kay said. "He's not playing the best golf right now, and there's only been a few golfers that have won it in consecutive years."
There's a lot of young and solid golfers on tour and one of those is Rory McIlroy, who is pretty relaxed heading into Augusta.
"I think the pressure may be a little less on him for getting that career Grand Slam," Emily said.
The Canton Charge have taken Game 1 of their best-of-three series with the Maine Red Claws in a nailbiter 115-114, and they are looking to move ahead in the NBDL Playoffs.
Communications Manager Sean Wyatt from the Canton Charge joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the ball game and what lies ahead for the team after that hard-fought win.
He said that was great to see the crowd at the Civic Center come alive with the team in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter.
"It really came down to just getting stops, stopping their shooting from the perimeter, digging in defensively," Wyatt said.
Quinn Cook and Nick Minnerath paced the Charge with their scoring and defense. They will play in Maine against the Red Claws tomorrow.
Wyatt said the rosters can fluctuate with the NBA teams in the playoff chase as well. But the Charge are good with their core guys and hopefully they can get to a championship.
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With the NFL Draft just a few short weeks away, the Browns have that #2 overall pick and the debate still rages on between Carson Wentz and Jared Goff for the quarterback spot.
Kennedy Paynter from Drafttek.com joined the Average Sports Show with Brad Russell and he said the Browns have to take their shot and take a chance with Wentz.
"I would take him #2, and it's been said before, you've got to take your swings, and if you keep swinging, you'll get your franchise guy," Paynter said.
The singal-caller from North Dakota State (Wentz) can run, throw with velocity, and has more upside than Cal's Jared Goff, who is more of a system quarterback and needs a certain kind of offensive game plan to succeed according to Paynter.
The madness will conclude tonight as Villanova and North Carolina will meet in Houston tonight for the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.
Shelby Mast from BracketWAG.com and USA Today joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show Wednesday to break down the coaching matchup between Jay Wright of Nova and Roy Williams of North Carolina, and talk about the key matchups in the game.
Mast said Villanova has been able to play real well at the best time.
"After they played the way they played in the first two rounds, I was very confident they could make it to the title game," Mast said.
As far as the Tar Heels, Shelby said this has been one of Roy's better coaching jobs, given that so many top-level players are buying in and sacrificing their own game for the greater good of the team.
Despite the fact that there was no baseball being played today former Cleveland Indian outfielder Kenny Lofton brought a ray of sunshine to the booth as he joined Jasen Sokol and Sam Bourquin to talk about the season.
When asked about what the Indians are looking to do in 2016, Kenny said it all comes down to the guys taking the hill every fifth day.
The Cleveland Indians are ready to start the 2016 season, and the organization and fans alike are excited about the Tribe's outlook.