Ohio Casino Control Commission: Ohio Sports Betting Likely To Launch Late In 2022

In a meeting of the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday, clarification was given on a start date for sports betting in Ohio, and expectations were tempered to expect it to be close to the 2023 deadline.

An email to stakeholders said that OCCC is expecting Ohio sports betting to launch late in 2022, to satisfy the law that requires the market to be open by New Year’s Day of 2023.

“Given the intricacies of the rule-making process in Ohio and the number of licenses and investigations that the Commission must issue or undertake, the Universal Start Date is likely to be close to, if not exactly on, January 1, 2023,” the OCC wrote on its website.

A formal launch date will be set at a June 1 meeting of the OCCC.

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There had been speculation from at least one Ohio lawmaker that the sports betting launch date could come as early as Fall, but the announcement from the OCCC seems designed to put such thoughts to rest. As a result, it’s unlikely that Ohio sports bettors will be able to wager on much of the NFL’s regular season.

Ohio is attempting to flip a switch on several betting markets at the same time. If all goes according to plan, online sports betting apps, retail sportsbooks, and kiosks in public places like bars, clubs, and restaurants, will all launch on the same day.

“Ohio is undertaking the largest gaming expansion in its history and the largest-ever simultaneous launch of sports gaming in the United States,” the OCCC statement says. “This will necessitate the Commission to undertake due diligence investigations and ensure compliance requirements for approximately 3,000 applications in time for the Universal Start Date.”

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Ohio Sports Betting Timeline

The announcement of the universal start date is important because it fills in the blank of the date for one of the most critical steps in the regulatory process. All responsible gaming plans, facility plans, equipment testing, geolocation procedures, house rules, and other required procedures must be submitted to the OCCC no later than 60 days before the universal state date.

Plans for the launch officially were allowed to begin when Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law in December. Ohio’s state legislature passed the bill earlier in December.

The bill specifies that the OCCC will shepherd a legalized sports betting market into operation for the seventh largest state in the country. The law mandates that the market be operational no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

The first deadline for sports betting license applications is July 15.

Neighboring states Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia all have legal sports betting markets.

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Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.