Ohio Banning Toxic Fans Highlights Recent Sports Betting News

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Written By Giovanni Shorter on July 11, 2023
Sports Betting News

There is recent sports betting news taking place in several markets. Ohio lawmakers now have the power to ban bettors who threaten athletes, and Maryland has reached $3 billion in lifetime sports betting handle. Churchill Downs is also commending its Horse Racing Commission on the effort to launch Kentucky online sports betting.

Ohio Focuses Attention On Poor Fan Behavior

Gambling regulators have been granted formal permission to ban harassing bettors from wagering at Ohio sportsbooks. This framework was included in the 2024-2025 operating budget — the same one in which the sports wagering tax shot up to 20%.

“Allows CAC to exclude a person from participating in sports gaming in Ohio if the person has threatened violence or harm against a person who is involved in a sporting event, where the threat was related to sports gaming and made before, during, or after a sporting event.”

Ohio lawmakers held concerns over threats being made to athletes since the market went live. Matt Schuler, the director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, expressed these concerns publicly in January. His concerns were raised following reports of collegiate athletes being harassed by sports bettors. Within the Dayton men’s basketball program, Flyers coach Anthony Grant spoke with reporters about the harassment.

Grant revealed that several players had been targeted on social media following a loss. Verbal abuse and threats were made to these players. Given the development of the most recent sports betting news, the commission is hopeful that this will work as a deterrent going forward.

Maryland Sports Betting Off To A Strong Start

The Maryland Lottery released its June handle and revenue report, regarding its recent sports betting news. Sportsbooks saw $254,476,790 in combined wagers for the month. This figure pushed the total betting handle in Maryland to surpass $3 billion since its launch. Keep in mind, Maryland has only been an active market since Dec. 2021.

This milestone is a sign of how strong Maryland sportsbooks have been out of the gate. Thanks to a thriving mobile presence (95.8% of the market in June), the state has managed to constantly see hundreds of millions in wagers monthly. This activity persists even as the sports world enters the slower months.

It helps that some of the best sports betting sites are readily available in Maryland, bringing more options to bettors. June saw sportsbooks rake in $18,900,337 in sports betting revenue. With Maryland taxing sportsbooks at 15%, the state saw $2,835,051 in taxes for the month. Since its launch, sports betting taxes have contributed $28,141,705 to the Maryland’s Future Fund.

Breakdown Of Maryland Betting Market In June

Handle (Amount players wagered, including free promotional wagers)

  • Retail: $10,659,617 (includes $3,895 in free promotional wagers)
  • Mobile: $243,817,173 (includes $7,754,571 in free promotional wagers)
  • Combined: $254,476,790

Prizes (Winnings paid to players)

  • Retail: $10,025,716
  • Mobile: $217,373,956
  • Combined: $227,399,672

Hold (Handle-less prizes paid)

  • Retail: $633,901 (5.9%)
  • Mobile: $26,443,217 (10.8%)
  • Combined: $27,077,118 (10.6%)

Taxable Win (Amount remaining after deducting prizes, promotional wagers, and other amounts)

  • Retail: $608,277
  • Mobile: $18,292,060
  • Combined: $18,900,337

Sports Wagering Tax (15% of the taxable win)

  • Retail: $91,242
  • Mobile: $2,743,809
  • Combined: $2,835,051

Since the establishment of Maryland sports wagering in Dec. 2021:

  • Cumulative contribution to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund: $28,141,705
  • Cumulative expired prizes contributed to the Problem Gambling Fund: $2,224,168

Churchill Downs Praises Kentucky Sports Betting

As the state inches closer to its eventual sports betting launch, both local bettors and operators are eager to begin. After the announcement of the Kentucky sports betting launching in September, popular racetrack Churchill Downs heaped praise on the commission.

“We are excited for the opportunities sports betting brings for tourism and economic development across the Commonwealth and for the chance to welcome new guests into our entertainment venues to also wager on live and historical racing, which will further strengthen our state’s signature equine industry,” a Churchill Downs spokesperson said.

Churchill Downs will be front and center once the market goes live. The legendary racetrack and home of the Kentucky Derby has partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook ahead of the launch. This collaboration will see both a retail and online sportsbook go live.

Fans will be able to experience wagering at Churchill Downs in less than two months. The market is set to launch retail betting Sept. 7 with online sportsbooks coming Sept. 28.

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