There are two bipartisan bills that will decide how sports gaming would be overseen by the state. But there’s also a debate over where it will happen – in gambling facilities, at other venues, or even in people’s homes and pockets.
It’s been just over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can legalize sports gambling. But it was happening before that and since then.
“Some estimates put the illegal US sports wagering market at upward of $100 billion annually,” said Ayesha Molino, senior vice president of federal government affairs with MGM Resorts International, which owns the Cleveland area racino now called MGM Northfield.
Molino said MGM handles a billion dollars in sports wagers each year across the country. And Molino told members of the House Finance Committee that it’s time for Ohio to join the seven states that have legalized it.