Ohio governor confident on sports gambling legislation odds
By Bob Garcia
Governor DeWine is convinced that sports gambling will come to the Buckeye State this year
Since the Supreme Court overruled PASPA in 2018, more than 20 states across the US have decided to step in and legalize wagering sports. Incredibly, Ohio, which is considered a state fanatic of sports, hasn’t gone followed.
There are some supporters wishing to see Ohio as a state where the sports betting market is legal, including the first-term governor, Mike DeWine, who believes that legalization is right around the corner.
Governor DeWine said this week, “Sports gaming is already in Ohio. Ohio’s just not regulating it. This is something that I think is inevitable. It’s coming to Ohio.” Ohio is surrounded by the sports gambling market since neighboring states, such as Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and Indiana, have already approved legislation.
This isn’t the first time legal sports betting is attempted in the state since Ohio lawmakers have already tried in the past, but the results were never successful. In May 2020, a bill actually made it through the State House, but didn’t move forward after reaching the Senate. DeWine is sure that the lawmakers are going to give their best effort in order to make sports gambling happen, and assets, “The members of the general assembly are working that process. I will have the opportunity to see what they came up with. I will have the opportunity to weigh in at the appropriate time. But sports gaming is certainly coming to Ohio.”
For the last bill introduced in 2020 only an 8% gross gaming revenue sports betting tax was suggested. If that’s the rate lawmakers are planning to introduce once again, Ohia would have the lowest sports wagering tariffs in the country.