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    CLEVELAND – Northeast Ohio native and SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford will host the 17th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards presented by Medical Mutual and Huntington Bank. This year, Sports Awards will be hosted on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.      

    Jay Crawford shares his excitement to host the 2016 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

    Crawford joined ESPN in 2003 as a co-host of ESPN2’s Cold Pizza. He has since become co-anchor of the mid-day SportsCenter.  A graduate of Bowling Green State University (1987), he has won four regional Emmy Awards including Best Sportscaster Kentucky AP Award, as well as three Society of Professional Journalists Best Sports Program Awards.

    “To celebrate an iconic year in Cleveland sports history with someone like Jay Crawford, both a Northeast Ohio native and lifelong Cleveland sports fan, is an incredible honor,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This year’s Sports Awards will no doubt be a memorable one. It will help the Sports Commission continue to enhance the economy, image and quality of life in Greater Cleveland.”

    The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is an annual fundraiser that supports Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and celebrates Cleveland professional, amateur, collegiate and high school sports achievements. The event features appearances from current and former athletes along with a sit down dinner and formal awards ceremony featuring the top athletic moments from 2016.

    This event will also include a silent auction featuring coveted sports memorabilia and experiential packages such as an Ezekiel Elliott autographed Ohio State jersey and two tickets plus hotel accommodates to the 2018 College Football Championship Game in Atlanta. Fans are welcome to bid at the event or in advance online at starting on Jan. 25.

    Additionally, The 2017 Cleveland Sports Golden Ticket Raffle can be purchased online for $100 a ticket. The winner will be announced during the event and will receive a pair of season tickets to Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians home games during the 2017 season. All purchasers will automatically receive four Cleveland Monsters tickets with purchase of a Golden Ticket.

    Tickets and tables for Sports Awards are available for purchase at

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    About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting nearly 170 sporting events which have contributed over $450 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. The GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit