Ohio shares first batch of proposed sports betting rules

Ohio legalised sports betting in December 2021.
Ohio legalised sports betting in December 2021.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has announced a timeline for regulations and applications for sports betting licences.

US.- Nearly a month after Ohio legalised sports betting, the Ohio Casino Control Commission released a series of proposed rules along with a timeline for their regulation and application. The regulator said it will start issuing licences on April 1 with a target to be ready for launch on January 1, 2023.

The regulator’s first set of proposed rules include details on general regulations, temporary licences, accredited independent testing laboratories and integrity monitors. The public comment period for these rules will close on January 28. 

The CCC has informally shared the draft rules with operators before publishing them, then made some small changes, including reducing the amount of time operators must keep records on promotions and personnel applications, as well as the listing fees for temporary licences.

The fees for those also applying for permanent licences will be:

  • $15,000 for Type A or sports betting proprietor licences, which would include professional sports teams and existing casinos.
  • $10,000 for mobile management applicants.
  • $10,000 for sports betting suppliers.
  • $1,000 for Type C applicants, which are those applying for self-service or “clerk-operated” terminals and have a D-1, D-2, or D-5 liquor license. Twenty such licences will be available.
  • $100 for occupational licences.

Legislation allows for 65 licences in total: 25 online sports betting licences and 40 retail sportsbook licences.

See also: Ohio casinos and racinos take in $178.8m in November

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