sports betting

Lottery tickets on display in a gas station convenience store in Columbus.
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State lawmakers are still considering how to regulate sports gambling in Ohio. However, one Republican state senator says sports betting isn’t going to help bring in a lot more money for the state, so he wants more action from the Ohio Lottery.

The House has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill allowing sports gambling, under control of the Ohio Lottery Commission. But there could be a long road ahead before betting on sports would be legal in Ohio.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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This year, Ohio lawmakers managed to send 21 bills to the governor's desk for his signature. However, there are many other proposals that received a lot of attention but are still waiting in the wings for 2020.

Mike Thompson, Laura Bischoff, Andy Chow, and Ann Fisher at WOSU's Politics and a Pint event.
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In this special edition of the Snollygoster podcast, host Mike Thompson leads a discussion with a panel of guests at WOSU's Politics & A Pint event at Seventh Son Brewing.

A full crowd at Ohio Stadium.
The Ohio State University

Ohio lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize sports betting. But Ohio’s universities don’t want to be dealt in on those bills or any others that involve expanded gambling.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and, joins the show.

There are two bipartisan bills that will decide how sports gaming would be overseen by the state. But there’s also a debate over where it will happen – in gambling facilities, at other venues, or even in people’s homes and pockets.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing a budget that he says invests in kids and includes no new taxes or tax cuts. The plan, released Friday, calls for spending $69 billion in state revenue over two years.

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State lawmakers are working on a bill to bring full-scale sports betting to Ohio. The effort follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that struck down a law restricting sports betting everywhere except in Nevada.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 21, 2018
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On Wednesday, a panel of Ohio Senate members discussed possible gun control bills put forth by Governor John Kasich. The bills included red flag legislation as well as banning the purchase of guns by third parties.

Join us today as we discuss gun control options for Ohio, the impact the recent ECOT scandal can have on poll results, and much more.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown take odds on whether the state will make a play for sports gambling. Meanwhile, down at the Statehouse, Republicans can't seem to agree on who to bet on for Speaker of the House.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
John Locher / Associated Press

Lawmakers are weighing the state’s options in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for legalized sports betting throughout the country.

As they consider legal pathways, a well-known gambling proponent is moving ahead with a campaign to put a legalization question on an upcoming ballot.

The Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting

May 16, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday to give states the power to decide if they want to allow betting on sports events. The decision was the latest milestone in an decades-old dispute on the pros and cons of such gambling.

Join us today as we discuss plans already underway in other states to take advantage of the ruling, legislation in the works that would allow Congress to gain more control of the betting, and opinions on the issue from Ohio leaders. 

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
John Locher / Associated Press

After the United State Supreme Court cleared the way for sports betting, the rush to capitalize on the industry is on.

Updated 2:06 a.m. ET Tuesday

The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own," the court wrote.