Ohio Issues Online Sportsbook Licenses To Two Pro Teams

Written By Giovanni Shorter on September 9, 2022
Ohio Online Sportsbooks

The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Reds have both been granted licenses for Ohio online sportsbooks. These licenses were granted by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) and will allow these teams to offer odds once the market launches.

Ohio Online Sportsbooks For Local Teams

The Browns gained their betting license through the team’s partnership with Bally’s Interactive. The team grants Bally’s market access and will also see a sportsbook go live at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

“In addition to their incredible resources and expertise, Bally’s Interactive has the fan-first mindset that is consistent with our focus and pivotal to creating successful, fully-integrated sports betting experiences, and we look forward to supporting Bally’s efforts to provide these innovative opportunities to Browns fans and all sports fans in Ohio in the near future,” said Dave Jenkins, Haslam Sports Group Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer. “As we continue to work closely with sports betting regulators in our state to ensure a responsible and timely launch, we are excited and confident that our partnership with Bally’s will ultimately offer industry-leading benefits to fans throughout Cleveland and Ohio.”

The Cincinnati Reds will be offering odds in Ohio through its partnership with BetMGM. This deal is similar to the Browns/Bally’s partnership with both a mobile sportsbook and retail sportsbook possible through the partnership.

More Ohio Online Sportsbook Licenses Expected

Other local teams who have applied for online sportsbook licenses in Ohio include: the Columbus Blue Jackets through Fanatics, the Columbus Crew through Tipico, the Cincinnati Bengals through Betfred Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers through Fubo Gaming Inc., and the Cleveland Guardians through bet365.

While licenses for these sportsbooks have not yet been granted, it is likely the OCCC will be issuing licenses in short order.

HB 29, the bill that regulated betting in Ohio, allows for a total of 46 online sportsbooks to be live in the Buckeye State. So long as the sportsbook partners with a local Ohio entity, they can be granted a betting license.

Every professional Ohio sports team has applied for a betting license with commercial sportsbook partners. These operators are expected to have licenses granted ahead of the January 2023 launch in Ohio.

Online sportsbooks in Ohio will be available following the launch. The OCCC will be issuing more license approvals in the months leading up to the launch. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Reds online sportsbooks are just the beginning of what the Ohio betting landscape will look like come January.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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