5 Most Popular Sports in Ohio

Ohio has many passionate sports fans, and several popular sports draw large crowds throughout the year. From college football to professional baseball, Ohioans love their teams and support them through thick and thin. Here’s a look at five of the most popular sports in Ohio.

Ohio Pro Sports Teams


NFL popularity has steadily increased over the last decade in Ohio. This may be thanks to the passionate fan base that comes out in droves for each game or tailgate party and the rising attention given to popular teams across the country.

The state of Ohio also has an expansive betting industry and plentiful sportsbooks, making wagering on the NFL accessible and enjoyable for those who indulge. For example, Ohio Sports Betting statistics show NFL as one of their leading participants in sports betting–illustrating just how much of an Ohio pastime football can be for some individuals.


The National Hockey League has experienced a surge in popularity and exposure in Ohio, particularly over the past few years. Much of the credit for this surge goes to the institutions and organizations that have become involved in growing the game across the state.

There are multiple avenues through which Ohioans gain access to hockey, from schools and colleges to sports teams and arenas. This exposure has led to increased viewership and enthusiasm for professional games and programs at all levels. As such, it is safe to say that in Ohio, NHL hockey is on the rise regarding presence and attendance.


The popularity of National Basketball Association (NBA) has become increasingly popular in Ohio over the past few years. With multiple successes of recent and former professional teams, basketball admiration has grown throughout the state. From merchandise to local events and ideals to conversations, it’s hard to find an Ohioan who doesn’t have a connection or includes some aspects of modern-day NBA culture in their lifestyle.

Plenty of aspiring athletes and fans continue to support their favorite teams every day across the state. No matter what time of year it is, basketball will forever remain at the top for sport in many small towns, cities, and states all across America.


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is becoming increasingly popular in Ohio. With its blend of striking and grappling techniques, MMA delivers an entertainment experience for viewers and an opportunity for enthusiasts to test their skills. As people become more familiar with the martial art and gain access to facilities dedicated to practicing it, the number of passionate practitioners grows every day.

Additionally, due to the state’s large population and diverse culture, many people throughout Ohio are drawn toward MMA for its physical and mental benefits. As a result, MMA is on the upswing in popularity in Ohio, making it an exciting time for aficionados and those interested in trying it out.

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The state of Ohio has a strong affinity and pride for Major League Baseball. With the great American pastime deeply rooted in the heritage and culture of the Buckeye State, this remains true today. Fans flock to stadiums throughout Ohio during the regular season to cheer for their team and witness thrilling, heart-stopping games as players put their talents and skill on display as part of America’s favorite sport.

With a genuine passion for baseball shining through each home outing, these experiences will surely last in memory long after the final inning is complete. As such, MLB popularity continues to soar among residents of Ohio with no signs of fading any time soon.


From NFL to MMA, Ohio has a wide range of popular sports that bring fans together. The state houses many passionate fans, and its growing attention towards various sports teams across the country continues to attract more followers with each passing day. With this in mind, there is no doubt that Ohio will remain a prime destination for all kinds of sporting activities and entertainment.

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Corey Coleman – 2016 Draft Night

Basketball is behind us, and the Indians are primed for a stretch run. But let’s be honest… Cleveland is a football town. The Browns first round draft pick Corey Colemen is gearing up for his first NFL season. Coleman was drafted fifteenth overall by the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 13, 2016, he signed a four-year, $11.65 million contract.

Corey Coleman 2016 Draft Night

The regular season kicks off on September 11th in Philadelphia vs. the Eagles. How many wins do you think the Browns will get this season?

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Welcome To Cleveland Corey Coleman

The Browns traded down to acquire additional picks and with the 15th pick in the first round selected wide receive Corey Coleman from Baylor. Welcome to Cleveland Corey!

Corey Coleman

The Browns (as it stands right now) have the first pick in Round 2 of the NFL Draft which resumes this evening. Are you happy with the Browns draft moves thus far?

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And Just Like That, Johnny Manziel Is Gone

The Browns announced earlier today that they have waived quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Johnny Manziel
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At least they got the memo that the free agency period has started and they can make moves. All jokes aside, I think it’s fair to say that Manziel is troubled. I wish him nothing but the best in the future.

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Hue Jackson – Welcome To Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns have named former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their new head coach. Jackson has 5 years of NFL experience, including one season as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach.

Hue Jackson
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I think it’s fair to say that Hue has a tough job ahead of him. This is simple Hue – win football games. Make progress. Make it so the Browns are not the laughing stock of the NFL. Do that and you’ll be successful in CLE for a long time. Bring us a Super Bowl? You’ll be a legend.

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Hope For The Future?

The Browns took the field yesterday to a half full FirstEnergy Stadium (I was there) with Johnny Manziel at the helm. They looked like a football team. They ran the ball, threw the ball and played defense worthy of the Dawg Pound. At least for one day this season, it was great to be a Browns fan.

Johnny Manziel - Browns v 49ers - Joshua Gunter - Cleveland.com
Photo Credit: Joshua Gunter – Cleveland.com

Did you watch the Browns yesterday? Where do they go in the draft?

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Johnny Manziel Will Start For The Rest Of The Season

Yesterday, the Browns named Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback for remainder of season. Thusfar, he has 933 yards passing, five TDs, two interceptions and an 88.4 rating.

Johnny Maziel Named Starter
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In this Browns fan’s opinion, this is a very good move. We’ve got to see just what we’ve got in ol Johnny Football.

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Am I The Only One That Thinks Manziel Should Play?

Josh McCown is NOT the reason the Cleveland Browns have seven losses. He may be the reason they have two wins. McCown is not at 100% and he’s NOT going to be the long term solution but Manziel may be. But we’ll never know if we don’t watch him play.

Johnny Manziel - Money
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Bill Wippert

We need to understand what sort of asset (or liability) we have in Manziel. And the only way we can find out, is to let him play.

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Tito’s Take On Yesterday’s Browns Game

Things are not great if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan these days. The Browns sit at 2-5 after a pretty embarrassing 24-6 loss yesterday. If you look at their upcoming schedule it’s tough to see more than 2 wins coming for the rest of the season. I think this screen grab of Tribe skipper Terry Francona from a late-season Indians game pretty much sums it up.

Tito Gives The Finger

Here’s the upcoming schedule for the Browns:

  • 11/1 vs Cardinals
  • 11/5 @ Bengals
  • 11/15 @ Steelers
  • 11/30 vs Ravens
  • 12/6 vs Bengals
  • 12/13 vs 49ers
  • 12/20 @ Seahawks
  • 12/27 @ Chiefs
  • 1/3 vs Steelers

How do you think the Browns will end the season? There’s always next year… right?

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Football Is Back… Sort Of

The Browns took the field for the official start of the 2015 – 2016 NFL season. Sadly the results were the same as they’ve been for the last 11 season openers – a loss.

Josh McCown Concussion
Photo Credit: Joshua Gunter, Northeast Ohio Media Group

What do you think of the Browns first showing of the year?

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Football Is Coming – Do You Have Your QB Jersey?

The Browns have started mini-camp and the regular season is right around the corner. Do you have your Browns jersey ready for the start of the season?

Latest QB Jersey

Who do you think will be the Browns starting quarterback this season?

Do you have a Cleveland pic you’d like to share? Upload it here!

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Football Season Around The Corner

With the Major League All-Star Game last night we’re officially at the half way point of the baseball season. That said, I’ve got football on my mind and I’m already getting excited for another Browns season!

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Who else has Browns on the brain? How do you think they’ll do this year?

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2015 NFL Draft – How Did The Browns Do?

We’re a couple of weeks removed from the 2015 NFL Draft. How do you think the Browns did?

Browns 2015 First Round
Photo courtest officialclevelandsports on Instagram

Here’s a list of the full draft for the Browns:

  • Danny Shelton (DT) – Round 1 Pick #12
  • Cameron Erving (C) – Round 1 Pick #19
  • Nate Orchard (DE) – Round 2 Pick #51
  • Duke Johnson (RB) – Round 3 Pick #77
  • Xavier Cooper (DT) – Round 3 Pick #96
  • Ibraheim Campbell (S) – Round 4 Pick #115
  • Vince Mayle (WR) – Round 4 Pick #123
  • Charles Gaines (CB) – Round 6 Pick #189
  • Malcolm Johnson (TE) – Round 6 Pick #195
  • Randall Telfer (TE) – Round 6 Pick #198
  • Hayes Pullard (ILB) – Round 7 Pick #219
  • Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB) – Round 7 Pick #241

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