Date Announced for Legal Sports Betting in Ohio

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Cleveland Browns fans in the stands during the game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP.

Top sportsbooks will be able to operate in Ohio. All of the big names are looking forward to taking advantage of the large number of bettors in the state. But the participants in the legal sports betting venture will still have to wait.

It is true that sports betting is already legal in the state. In December of last year, Ohio governor Mike DeWine signed HB 29 into law, thus making the legalization of sports betting in Ohio official.

However, signing this legalization into law is not the same as launching official sports betting.

Why Is There No Sport Betting in Ohio Yet?

Why is it taking so long for legal online sports betting to launch in Ohio? Why can’t it simply launch after the governor signs the pertinent bill into law?

There are many reasons, but one key reason is that sports betting operators need to apply for and eventually acquire licenses in order to operate in the state.

With the competition being stiff, consisting in numerous sportsbooks and betting sites looking to have customers in the state, applications will take longer to process.

Ohio’s Sports Betting Operators

On June 15, a list of sports betting operators will be visible. This list will identify the operators who are applying for a license to work in the state.

These are the operators who will be hoping to go live in Ohio. The big names, top professionals in the business, are certainly expected.

One such group of professionals is FanDuel, which is already available in Ohio for fantasy players. Given that they are already popular in Ohio, they are a strong candidate to operate as a sportsbook when the time comes.

So when will the time come, exactly?

Sports Betting Launch Date in Ohio

On January 1, 2023, legal sports betting will launch in Ohio.

The date is late, but it is in time for the NFL and college football playoffs and for March Madness.

It could be worse, it could be better, but it’s better late than never.