What you missed in Columbus for March 9

Joel Oliphint
A March 2019 photo shows fans arriving at Nationwide Arena.

In another follow-up that digs into the details of how the forthcoming Downtown Crew stadium is being funded — particularly in regards to ties between the Crew land sale and a Nationwide Arena loan — the Dispatch reports that "for the next half-century, the city of Columbus would have to divert tens of millions of dollars in property taxes that would mostly go to pay Nationwide interest on the arena loan," even though "elected officials in the past had said it could never happen." Cool cool.

Today, the Dispatch also launched a new series by Erica Thompson titled "I Took a Life." The first piece begins with the story of David Peters, a 44-year-old reverend who served as a chaplain in Iraq and was involved in a life-altering car crash at age 19.

In a town hall event yesterday at Otterbein University, former Gov. John Kasich, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed climate change. While in town for a mostly spectator-less Arnold Sports Festival, Schwarzenegger emphasized that "you’ve got to put it in human terms so it doesn’t just go over our heads,” WOSU reported.

Ohio State men's basketball lost to Michigan State and will face Purdue on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament. If the Buckeyes defeat Purdue, they'll get another chance at Michigan State on Friday.

In Seattle, the Crew came away with a point, tying the Sounders 1-1. And after a Blue Jackets loss to Edmonton on Saturday, CBJ defeated the Canucks 2-1 last night.