Why Pro-Teams Legislators Are Pushing Ohio Sports Betting Bill

The Ohio The legislative period runs for everyone 2021, but waiting for a sports betting bill should only be a month more.

This is after Senator Kirk Schuringwho chairs Senate Selection Committee on Gambling. He announced the schedule at Wednesday’s session, stating that there would be two more sessions before a two-week break in the legislature.

The legislature returns Mid-April Senate Committee hearings resume 20th of April. By then, Schuring said that a game bill with OH sports betting will be ready:

“During this two week period, I will be contacting each member of this committee to receive their contributions to the evidence bank that has been presented to us in relation to the entire game. Then I will speak to the Senate President after I have a chance to speak to everyone on the committee. From that point on we will create an invoice, implement an invoice, and when you all come back after the break we will discuss an invoice. “

The teams are calling for action on the Ohio sports betting bill

The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus crew should be happy about Schuring’s timeline. All four came to the hearing, in some cases to demand that the bill be processed quickly.

They all hit similar points: the teams and the state are already behind the ball, and most of Ohio’s border states allow sports betting while the illegal market persists.

Ted Tywang from Haslam Sports GroupAs a representative of the Browns and the crew, he best summed up the feelings:

“So we want legalized sports betting in Ohio as soon as possible, and we suggest that the legislation includes a specific and accelerated timetable for implementing the regulations. Obviously, we do not want to rush the process in a way that would lead to a negative outcome, and it is crucial that we have adequate integrity and consumer protection, as well as the optimal market structure.

“In summary, we cannot continue to allow the illegal market to flourish and tax and trade benefits to leave our state by delaying the inevitable. We want legalized sports betting to be done properly and as quickly as possible. “

The betting license is vital for teams

The teams also supported the idea of ​​obtaining a license in order to benefit from the income from sports betting themselves.

Brian sold, the Bengals’ chief marketing officer, gave Ohio’s 11 Casinos and Racinos Credit. These operations “represent the core of sports betting in Ohio,” he said. But the leagues deserve a jump too, he continued:

“However, market access for the professional teams in Ohio is critical to our ability to compete with others in our respective leagues. We therefore believe that the local professional sports teams should not only provide market access to the 11 casinos and racinos, but should also be given market access.

“How this access is defined is up for debate, but at least it seems appropriate to have access to a mobile skin. Such a provision would recognize the significant economic investments that the NFL, Bengals, Browns, and other professional teams have made in the state of Ohio. “

Unsurprisingly, all teams and a letter from the NFL requested the use of official league dates.

Public Universities versus College Betting in Ohio

The Ohio Inter-University Council It doesn’t matter if the state legalizes professional sports betting. It just doesn’t want to see college bets on its 14 schools.

The council is concerned for the welfare of its student athletes, the president said Bruce Johnson. Universities would also need to create “costly full compliance programs” for nearly everyone involved in sport, he added.

Johnson’s request is not unusual. Many states choose to ban wagering on state schools, although there is no evidence that such bans are effective. These games will continue to be available just across the border in other legal betting states and from illegal operators.

He perhaps had the best line of the hearing trying to pull on the heart:

“[Sports betting] also reduces competition and competition alike by sending a message that is contrary to the purpose and meaning of “sport”. “

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