Sports gambling

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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March Madness is right around the corner and Ohioans will be constructing brackets to bet on their favorite teams. But Ohio, unlike some other states, does not have sports betting. Ohio’s Governor says he’s convinced betting on sports will be a reality in the Buckeye State soon.

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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states are allowed to do that. But there are two very different ideas on how to make that happen.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listen as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown gauge the growing 2020 Democratic presidential field through the eyes of a first-time voter.

Ohio State student Kevon Snodgrass is engaged in local politics. She joins the show to talk about what she likes and dislikes from some of the candidates who have their eyes on the White House. 

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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Two state representatives have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said states can do that. If it passes, sports betting would be limited at first, but could someday be offered in surprising venues.

The state agency that oversees gambling addiction services in Ohio is expecting a spike in calls to the state's problem gambling helpline this month. 

“We have more gambling at certain times of the year,” head of the Bureau of Problem Gambling Services, Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson. “March is one of them.” 

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll pay for the spending in his $69 billion budget with economic growth – not new taxes or fees. He’s also not counting on a source of revenue several lawmakers have been hoping to secure since a big U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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Some lawmakers are looking for a way to bring legal sports betting to Ohio. The move is in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing states administer gambling on sports.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal ban on sports betting means Pennsylvania can go forward with sports wagering through a law passed last year, in anticipation of the court’s decision.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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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
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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.