Ohio Sports Betting Update: Application Deadlines Posted by Casino Control Commission

Ohio Sports Betting Update: Application Deadlines Posted by Casino Control Commission
By Howard Gensler

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) posted its Sports Gaming Implementation Timeline on Wednesday and the next big date on the calendar for Ohio sports betting is June 1.

That’s when the final versions of the application needed to be filed in order to get a sports betting license will be made available. The first application window opens June 15 and closes July 15. This window is for Type A, B & C proprietors, first designated Mobile Management Service Providers (MMSPs), Management Service Providers (MSPs), and suppliers.

The second application window opens July 15 and closes a month later. That window is for Type C sports gaming hosts and second designated MMSPs.

For those of you who’ve been following along, Type A licenses are reserved for mobile gaming and professional sports. The state’s existing casinos and racinos may apply for these. Type B licenses will be allotted to brick-and-mortar sportsbook facilities. Type C licenses will go to proprietors of self-service terminals, who have D-class liquor licenses.

Other Deadlines Noted by Commission

Sixty days prior to the Universal Start Date will be the submission deadline for all gaming plans, facility plans, equipment testing, geolocation procedures for online wagering, and house rules and required procedures, plus for all employees seeking to work in the Ohio sports gaming industry.

Thirty days prior to the Universal Start Date, all equipment to be used in both mobile and brick-and-mortar wagering must be ready for verification by the OCCC.

When is the Universal Start Date? No one knows yet. Matt Schuler, executive director of the OCCC will announce it no later than Jan 1, 2023.

State law requires the market to go live by that date, so we can likely expect an announcement sooner than that.

Ohio Sports Betting During NFL Season?

There is some hope that sports betting could be up and running in Ohio during the 2022 NFL season. That would help capture Ohio gambling taxes from the sport that bettors like to wager on the most. With two teams in Ohio, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, interest will be high.

The Bengals looked to improve their defense during the 2022 NFL Draft and make a return trip to the Super Bowl. They lost to the Los Angeles Rams in February.

The Browns traded for star quarterback Deshaun Watson and saw their 2023 Super Bowl odds improve after the deal. 

The teams will face each other twice during the 2022 NFL season, with the schedule announced next week. The Browns have already locked up one sports betting partner before the state launches in Bally’s.

Expect to see more pro teams in Ohio (the Cleveland Cavaliers have deals in place with Fubo and Caesars) lock up sports betting partnerships before the go-live date.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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