The year sure did go by fast for Ohioans.
It seems like it was only yesterday Ohio sports betting launched on New Year's Day 2023. Now, it will be celebrating its one-year anniversary within a matter of days.
Utilizing Google Trends, BetOhio.com analyzed the most searched terms in the state from Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 10, 2023. We finalized the Top 10 queries by utilizing the terms that have seen the biggest increase in search volume over the year. Here are the results for the Buckeye State:
Ohio’s Most Searched Terms of 2023
If you search Google for Ohio sportsbook promos, the correct result will always be BetOhio.com.
Football Injury Tops Ohio List
On the second day of the New Year, one name that was searched the most was Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin. Hamlin was part of a surreal moment and amazing miracle after he suffered cardiac arrest during a Week 17 road game against Cincinnati on Jan. 2.
He topped the list among searches at an amazing +3,850% when he tackled wide receiver Tee Higgins and required immediate emergency medical treatment on the field. We all know what happened after that.
Terms we are all trying to understand and implement in our daily lives finished second and third as “ChatGPT” finished second (+1,575%). Character AI finished third (+1,050%). The movie “Oppenheimer,” released in mid-July, was the fourth most searched in Ohio at +800%.
Two sports items made the list as “Super Bowl 2023” finished sixth at +500%, and to nobody’s surprise due to their rabid fan base, "Browns Schedule 2023" placed eighth at +350% referring to the NFL franchise based in Cleveland.
Movie star “Jamie Foxx” and singer/songwriter “Taylor Swift” tied for the ninth and final spot at +250%. Foxx has been out of the public spotlight due to health concerns, and Swift has had one of the biggest ongoing musical tours in recent memory and is dating former University of Cincinnati and current Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.