Ohio Sports Betting Launch Will Miss Upcoming Football SeasonOhio
Bettors in Ohio were hoping they’d be able to start placing legal sports wagers in their state by the start of the football season this fall, but that’s not going to happen following an announcement made this week.
Sports betting won’t be offered in Ohio now until January 1, 2023, after the Ohio Casino Control Commission announcing that would be the launch date for legal sports betting.
That marks the last day that sports betting had to be offered according to the state’s law, and will mean that sports betting won’t be available for bettors until more than a year after the law was first signed by Governor Mike DeWine.
Not in Time for Football Season
There was never a guarantee that Ohio would start offering sports betting by the start of the football season in the fall, but there was a lot of hope. The governor signed sports betting into law in December of 2021, after all, so that gave the state’s casino control commission roughly nine months to get everything in place.
That, however, is not going to happen now, following the commission’s announcement this week. Instead, sportsbook operators won’t be able to launch their sites and retail books until January 1, 2023, which coincidentally is the last day that the state had to offer sports betting by per the law DeWine signed.
Over the last few months, it became apparent that Ohio would not have sports betting ready to be launched by the start of football season, but people were still holding out hope. Now, no sportsbook operators will be able to launch before the start of 2023.
That’s a missed opportunity for Ohio sports bettors, sportsbook operators and the state’s tax coffers, as football is traditionally the most popular sport to bet on. By launching on January 1, 2023, though, Ohio will still get to take advantage of the college football national championship game, much of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl.
What Ohio Will Offer
According to House Bill 29, which established legal sports betting in Ohio, there will be 65 sports betting licenses made available throughout the state. That will break down to 40 retail licenses and 25 mobile licenses.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced this week that applications for sports betting licenses will be due by July 15. The state will then review all of the licenses and start to hand them out to the applicants.
Ohio went on the progressive end when they approved sports betting, allowing people to place mobile bets from wherever they are in the state. That’s key to big revenue numbers, as many other states have proven that mobile sports betting is king in the industry.
The law puts Ohio on the same level as some of its geographic neighbors such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, both of whom offer mobile sports betting and progressive laws.
While bettors will have to wait a full seven more months before they can start placing sports bets, things are moving in the right direction in Ohio.