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Ohio is at a dead end in determining the sports betting regulator in the state.

Last month Governor Mike DeWine came to support the Senate plan they have Casino Control Commission (CCC) treat Ohio Sports betting. but Ohio Rep Dave Greenspan told Legal sports report that the proposal of the house with the Lottery commission responsible is the only legal option.

Greenspan, the sponsor of H 194, claims that a 3rd of June Opinion of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) confirms that the governor’s election is unsustainable. This is because sports betting in Ohio is not considered a casino game that would fall under the jurisdiction of the CCC.

“I was surprised by the Governor’s comments, but we believe our position is the right one and as we continue to promote the bill and explain the opinion, we are confident that we will convince him and others of why the provisions are being made So in the House of Representatives bill are “the right provisions,” Greenspan said.

Argument against the casino commission

The LSC’s opinion stated that the CCC would not have the authority to monitor OH sports betting unless it was viewed as a casino game.

According to Ohio Constitutionin order for sports betting to be considered a casino game, it would have to be classified as such by one of its neighboring states. This includes Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“We have the Legislative Service Commission, an unbiased, impartial group that researches us and gives us that opinion, and that is what we act on,” Greenspan said.

Greenspan claims that the CCC’s expansion of sports betting in Ohio outside of the four casinos would require a vote on a constitutional amendment, a debate New Yorkers know all too well.

The Lottery Commission works around these problems as it is exempt from Ohio gambling laws.

Mobile could face difficulties because of the Senate bill

Another problem with S111, according to Greenspan, is that the CCC controls what happens in casinos but cannot allow them to offer games outside of casino property using mobile devices.

“There is no legal way for the Casino Control Commission to regulate sports betting, but even if it did, the only places Ohio could have sports betting would be the four casinos with no mobile or online options,” Greenspan said. “According to the constitution, it can only be in casinos.”

Bowling allies want to strike at OH sports betting

During the Senate bill on sports betting in Ohio on the 11 casinos and racinos Located in the state, the house bill adds more than 1,200 brother and veteran organizations.

However, these aren’t the only companies currently offering lottery products. Bowling alleys, bars and convenience stores are also partners of the lottery and are committed to acceptance. Above 3,000 bars in the state have lottery terminals.

Greenspan noted that the technology for sports betting through the lottery was already in place in these locations from a technical point of view. He is open to expanding the websites that could offer sports betting on his bill, but those places that wish must have the support of his peers:

“I feel good where the bill is now, but I have told the various interested groups that we will give them the option to have a language written if they get votes to support what they are looking for.

“Neither I nor my joint sponsor would stand in the way, but they would have to get the votes and support of the governor and the Senate to be able to move this forward.”

The Senate doesn’t seem comfortable with having OH sports betting in 1,200 locations, let alone thousands more. Senate President Larry Obhof told that Columbus shipping that his board has tried to close internet sweepstakes cafes and he didn’t see them support sports betting everywhere.

“The Senate did not support a significant expansion of gambling across the country,” said Obhof. “I am on safe ground and I predict that this would still be the opinion of the majority of my groups today.”

Ohio lawmakers are not buying an official data argument

Professional sports leagues have wins in this year Illinois and Tennessee with legal mandates that oblige operators to use them official league dates for in-play betting.

At the last hearing in Ohio in the House of Representatives Finance Committee, Eric Schippers from Penn National Gaming called such inquiries a money robbery. Greenspan agrees:

“Just because this specific provision is in other state bills, I don’t think we need to include it in ours. My concern is that Ohio could artificially create a monopoly if operators were asked to use official league data

“If there is only one marketplace that receives data, that marketplace can monopolize transactions in their sport. The company that provides league data can effectively charge any price, knowing that sports betting in Ohio can’t work without them. “

Greenspan said he was also not concerned that operators without a legal mandate would use poor quality data.

“When a sports betting company decides bets based on questionable data in a free market economy, customers will not move on to a company they cannot trust to provide accurate results,” said Greenspan. “The marketplace will therefore provide the environment for official league data.”

Can they clear up sports betting in Ohio in a timely manner?

In June, OH sports betting took a back seat in budget discussions. Ohio Legislature returns from hiatus in the first week of the year September. Greenspan said he has not yet had a chance to discuss the LSC’s position with the governor’s office.

The good news is that the Ohio legislature runs until the end of the year, and this is the first of a two-year session.

Greenspan acknowledged that opponents could argue that the LSC’s opinion was only one and others could seek opposing opinions. On the other hand, in order for the lottery to offer sports betting, it must be viewed as a game of chance rather than a game of skill.

There remains the possibility of creating a third regulatory authority for the handling of sports betting.

Greenspan expects his bill to go through committee and possibly get a House vote in September. The Senate draft has yet to be submitted to a committee.

“Our bill is the one that moves, so I am optimistic that our bill will get through,” Greenspan said.