The timeline for Ohio sports betting continues to progress toward the expected Jan. 1 launch date. One entity that looks on track for both retail and mobile sports betting: the Hall of Fame Village around the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Located in Canton, the Hall of Fame Village has applied for a mobile license last week. By beating the July 15 deadline, it looks set for an on-time launch when the calendar turns to 2023.
Editor’s note: The article originally stated the Pro Football Hall of Fame had applied for a license, but the license holder will technically be the Hall of Fame Village since the Pro Football Hall of Fame is not for profit.
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Providing Betting Via Dual Partnerships
Nowadays, most sports bettors get their action down online via popular betting apps. For the few that prefer a traditional set-up, they’re likely used to betting in retail shops at casinos.
However, some states allow traditionally non-gaming entities to acquire sports betting licenses, and Ohio is one of them. Given that sports bettors can often be found sweating games via telecast in bars or live at arenas, it actually makes some sense for these venues to offer betting kiosks or even full-scale live betting shops.
But the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
It’s a stark change from the league that disavowed gambling vehemently until a few years ago, but it’s a sign of the times.
In fact, the league quickly partnered with Rush Street Interactive, owners of BetRivers online sportsbook, to run its in-person betting. That partnership dates to December 2021. The parlor will open as part of multi-faceted expansion to Hall of Fame Village meant to provide more entertainment opportunities for fans and revenue-generation around the non-profit Hall of Fame.
On the mobile side, the Hall of Fame Village has partnered with Genesis Global Ltd., a Malta-based provider.
Both agreements cover the next 10 years.
Joining Recognizable Online Betting Brands
Given the immense popularity of betting on the NFL, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s foray into online sports betting isn’t illogical. Particularly when hosting the annual Hall of Fame Game — check out the table below for the best available lines — offering betting from a renowned football holy land makes sense.
Of course, the Hall of Fame Village will face plenty of competition from established operators and apps. Already, DraftKings Sportsbook and Caesars Sportsbook have secured local partnerships. DK was one of the first to apply for a license. Barstool Sportsbook was not too far behind and has a number of Ohio casinos from which to operate.
Keep an eye out for more big names joining the application process in the coming days as July 15 approaches.