Ohio Sports Betting Bill gets creative, but is that a good thing?

Nobody gets a free ticket to the Ohio Sports betting market when Senate sponsors find their way.

Senator Kirk Schuring set out some details of its OH sports betting legislation Thursday Tomorrow in a press conference. While he thinks he and his Elect the Committee on Gambling He has drawn up a good calculation and expects some requested changes from interested parties.

They could come as soon as possible Wednesday when the committee will hold its first hearing on the proposal.

The hope is that OH sports betting will be legalized by the end of JuneSchuring said:

“We think we have a very good basis to finally achieve this. We seek to work not only with the committee but also with our colleagues in the governor’s house and office to achieve this before the end of June. “

No Ohio Sportsbook This Year?

Don’t be too excited about a full season of NFL Betting in Ohio this year.

The bill says sports betting is just beginning in Ohio January 1, 2022.

That means many Ohioans will still be traveling in border states like Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to bet for the rest of the year just like they did March madness.

Suggested Details on Sports Betting in Ohio

The following is suggested for sports betting in Ohio:

  • There will be 40 Licenses available, although Schuring admitted the number is “malleable”.
    • There will be 20th Class A licenses for mobile operation that “want to transfer the bets”, said Schuring.
    • The other 20th Class B licenses apply to retail sports betting that focus on the “new phenomenon of proposition betting,” added Schuring.
  • A retail sportsbook cannot be located in a casino or Racino but can apply for a Class B license if the retail sportsbook is opened outside of the company. Both can also offer sports betting through the lottery.
  • Income from sports betting is also taxed 10%, and will benefit public and private education and gambling addiction.
  • Each license costs $ 1 million for three years.
  • The Casino Control Commission will regulate sports betting and resolve key issues including what college betting looks like.

Lotto looks different

The Ohio Lottery Commission will have its own sports betting product. It would be in the form of a sports pool where each participant pays a fixed price of $ 20.

The billing analysis gives the example of 1,000 weather Buy a $ 20 ticket for a Browns– –Steelers Game. The lottery would be kept 10%, or $ 2,000with the rest $ 18,000 shared by the winning ticket holder. This is likely an attempt to keep the local lottery vendors happy.

Schuring did not explain the exact vehicle for the legislation, but it will not be in the budget. Nor does it sound like it’s an effort on its own:

“I bet we can find a warm and blurry bill that you want to hug and put to bed and kiss every night and everyone will like it, right? And I say we put it on this bill. “

Licenses are first come, first served

Be ready to hear an unkind testimony from the company 11 Casinos and nine professional sports teams / leagues in the state. Both sides requested licenses to be able to offer their own sports betting.

“What we have done and how we have designed this is that everyone has a chance based on the principles of the free market,” said Schuring. “But we’re not going to give anyone in the revised code anything on a silver platter.

“They have to compete, they have to show that everything they do is meritorious, and then they have to be approved by the regulator.”

Where do pro teams go?

The teams get an even shorter side of the club because they would have to assume betting liability if they wanted a mobile Class A license.

“If you wanted, you could apply for a Type A license, but you would have to transfer the bet and I’m not sure you want to transfer the bet,” said Schuring. “But that’s up to you.”

The class B licenses for sports betting in retail are also not granted to third parties. Schuring sees this as an economic development opportunity, and the criteria in the application include how this development will benefit Ohio.

A bit different from almost there 2020 suggestion

Schuring said he looked at previous sports betting bills introduced in Ohio, including last year SB 111 and HB 194.

Sponsors both worked together, but the bill eventually expired after changes were proposed late in the meeting.

There are some key differences between Schuring’s proposal and last year’s final proposal:

  • Higher tax rate at 10% instead 8th%.
  • An open licensing model with separate online and retail licenses instead of one online license per casino and Racino in the state. They could also do traditional retail sports betting in their homes.
  • Higher license fee of $ 1 million for three years $ 100,000 to the five Years.

Schuring was not involved in the process last year. Indeed, three Of the four sponsors of these two bills, they are not in office. Member of Parliament Dave Greenspan and It is. Sean O’Brien lost their races during Late. John Eklund retired.

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