Ohio is very, very unlikely to legalize sports betting this year, but a major rift between the two sports betting bills on the table has been resolved.
In mid-March, the Ohio Senate saw the introduction of the state’s first ever full-fledged sports betting bill. It calls for mobile sports wagering statewide. Just a few weeks later, another bill was filed, this time in the House. It didn’t contain mobile betting provisions.
That’s not the situation anymore.
According to Cleveland.com, the House bill is still undergoing changes, one of which altered the bill to call for statewide mobile betting, a necessary component of any thriving legal and regulated market. We’ll spare you the tedium of getting into the numbers, but look at New Jersey’s handle if you’re curious.
It’s a great development that both of Ohio’s sports betting bills call for online wagering, preventing a possibly contentious and surely messy debate about whether Ohio’s market can be competitive with unregulated offshore websites and apps. Without mobile, Ohio bettors would find the offshore offerings attractive compared to the legal offerings.