Bars, bowling alleys in uphill fight to be included as sports-betting sites in Ohio

Ohio bars and bowling alleys are urging Ohio lawmakers to let them in on the action as elected leaders debate how to legalize sports betting across the state.

They have an uphill fight.

The state House continued hearings last week on a bill that would allow sports betting run by the Ohio Lottery Commission at Ohio’s four casinos and seven racinos and at the sites of fraternal and veterans organizations. It would not permit such betting at bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, convenience stores or other businesses with lottery terminals.

A bill in the Senate also would not permit those businesses to host sports betting; it instead would limit the betting to casinos and racinos under the control of the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

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