Ohio lawmakers are beginning the process of officially legalizing sports gambling with the introduction of two bills at the Statehouse.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a the 1992 ban on commercial sports betting, opening the door for states to develop their own rules on whether to allow the practice and how to regulate it.
All of the major sports have teams represented in Ohio and structured gambling on all of them is likely to be coming in the future according to state lawmakers.
“There are no preconceived notions as to what that pathway may look like, nor is there a time line,” said State Representative David Greenspan, the sponsor of one of the bills currently introduced at the Statehouse.
According to the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio’s executive director Derek Longmeier, while sports gambling was still considered illegal statistics showed that 18 to 25 year old males were the group at highest risk of developing problems.
Those statistics line up with what some say could be a major issue moving forward.