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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State living big on and off the football field

Ohio State will be representing the Big Ten Conference tonight when the Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks in the long-anticipated College Football Playoff Championship Game. The team overcame key injuries throughout this season and finished strong to get into the first-ever college football playoff, and surprised many — including experts writing for this site — with its 42-35 victory over top-ranked Alabama in the first-round game on New Year’s Day.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana, NFLPA partner to give football players a second career

Decades ago, before there were collective bargaining agreements, television rights mega-deals and a galaxy of corporate sponsorships, players in the National Football League worked in other vocations during the offseason. Auto dealerships, real estate offices, corporate jobs — they went wherever they could leverage name recognition (even just a little bit) and make a buck for the half a year they weren’t playing football. And if they were lucky, those part-time gigs turned into full-time jobs when their playing days ended.

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