CLEVELAND — It has been another busy sports year across Northeast Ohio -- but what were the biggest stories of 2022?
As we look back at which moments grabbed the most attention locally, we've compiled a list of the top five sports stories from WKYC.com below...
#5: Jimmy’s Take: Latest details in case of Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson are ‘disturbing to a lot of people’
The Cleveland Browns' decision to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was a polarizing one. After new details were revealed regarding the sexual misconduct allegations against the 3-time Pro Bowl quarterback, the "Voice of the Browns," 3News' Jim Donovan, shared his thoughts on the matter.
#4: Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio tells 3News’ Jim Donovan that NFL should put Browns’ Deshaun Watson on leave; believes suspension will be significant
As the 2022 season approached, it appeared inevitable that the NFL would hand Watson some sort of suspension. In June, Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports' Mike Florio joined Donovan to discuss how he believed the league should handle the situation.
#3 Former WKYC sports anchor, Cleveland Browns broadcaster Jim Mueller dies
Jim Mueller, who became a beloved Cleveland sports media figure both here at WKYC and on the Browns Radio Network, died at the age of 79 in August. Mueller served as WKYC's lead sports anchor from 1983-1987, in addition to serving as a color commentator on the Browns' Radio Network and calling select Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers games.
#2: Report: Cleveland Browns ownership considering two sites for potential new stadium
In June, NEOtrans' Ken Prendergast reported that Browns ownership is "leaning toward building a new stadium versus renovating the existing FirstEnergy Stadium." Prendergast also added that the team has already identified two locations for a potential new stadium: Where the Main Post Office is currently located at 2400 Orange Avenue and a stretch of land along Lakeside Avenue including the current location of the 3News studios.
#1: Andrea Thome, wife of Indians legend Jim Thome, says family has canceled Cleveland Browns season tickets over Deshaun Watson trade
Among the Browns fans disappointed with the team's acquisition of Watson was the wife of Indians legend Jim Thome, Andrea Thome. Taking to Twitter, Andrea Thome revealed that she had canceled her family's Browns season tickets as a result of the trade.