Ohio Sports Betting In The Midst Of Slugglish Launch

Written By Eli Hershkovich on June 15, 2022
Ohio online sports betting

Not only has the Ohio sports betting launch undergone delays to administer a deadline date of Jan. 1, 2023, but the lengthy process has also reached an unfortunate milestone. Below, you’ll find more details on where residents sit while waiting to place their first legal wagers in the Buckeye State.

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Ohio Sports Betting At A Stagnant Pace

There will be 374 days between Gov. Mike DeWine signing the bill to legalize Ohio sports betting on Dec. 23, 2021 and the aforementioned cutoff date, which the Ohio Casino Control Commission (CCC) established on June 1. That adds up to the longest amount of time allotted for a sports betting launch since Michigan.

To jog your memory, the Great Lakes State finally initiated retail sports betting on March 11, 2020. It was just one day before the NCAA cancelled March Madness ⁠— an obvious moneymaker for sportsbooks nationwide.

What’s The Hold Up?

To the dismay of impatient sports fans, the CCC noted that all betting entities must launch on the same day. In turn, the process to launch Ohio sports betting will be lengthened. This rule aids smaller operators, yet it creates an unnecessary delay for well-established brands, aiming to get a leg up on the competition.

The application period for most of Ohio’s sports betting licenses begins today, June 15, following the CCC’s approval of provisional licensing rules on the same day.

“Much attention has been focused on the status of the Commission’s rules pertaining to sports gaming and the announcement of application windows, as if these were the last steps in the process,” Jessica Franks, the director of communications for the CCC, said. “However, this does not fully consider the sheer volume of applicants or the unique and multi-faceted statutory requirements that must be met by both the operators and the Commission prior to the commencement of sports gaming.”

Ohio Sports Betting Timeline

The Ohio CCC released the expected schedule for the ensuing steps for Ohio sports betting, and they’re listed below.

July 15

  • First Application Window Closes: Application deadline for proprietors, first designated mobile management service providers (MMSPs), MSPs and suppliers
  • Second Application Window Opens: Type C sports gaming hosts and second designated MMSPs may begin to submit applications to the CCC

August 1

  • Compliance Document Window Opens: Compliance document window opens, setting up applicants to submit responsible gaming plans, facility plans, equipment testing, geolocation procedures, house rules and required procedures

August 15

  • Second Application Window Closes: Application deadline for Type C sports gaming hosts and second designated MMSPs

November 2

  • Compliance Document Window Closes: Submission deadline for all final responsible gaming plans, facility plans, geolocation procedures, house rules and required procedures
  • Employee Application Deadline: All standard sports gaming employee applications must be submitted

December 1

  • Equipment Verification: All equipment ready for Commission verification

January 1

  • Universal Start Date: All sports gaming launches

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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