Casino Commission Seeks Comment On Sports Gaming Supplier Applications

Ohio Casino Control Commission seeking comment on final group of draft applications for sports betting licenses.
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The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced Monday that it is offering an opportunity for stakeholder comment on draft applications for sports gaming supplier, key sports gaming employee, and standard sports gaming employee.

This represents the last group of draft applications for sports betting licenses that will be made available for stakeholder comment.

A non-refundable application fee for a sports gaming supplier license is $10,000. The non-refundable application fee for key sports gaming employee and standard sports gaming employee licenses is $100.

Background checks and determination of approvals for licenses are expected to take several weeks. The key sports gaming employee application includes the Ohio supplement to the multi-jurisdictional personal history disclosure form, as well as the disclosure form. Stakeholders have until 5 p.m. Friday to comment via email at rulecomments@casinocontrol.ohio.gov.

Sports betting became legalized in Ohio when Gov. Mike DeWine signed HB 29 on Dec. 22. The sports betting platform remains under construction and is not expected to be available for placing any bets until the end of the year. The law states that sports wagering must be launched by Jan. 1, 2023.

Winding down stakeholder comment

The commission recently welcomed stakeholder comment on Type A and B sports gaming proprietor licenses. Previous stakeholder comment concerning proposed sports betting rules included a response from Ohio State University requesting that sports betting on college sports be limited to wagers on the outcome of football and basketball contests. Other stakeholder comment included concerns from Type-C sports gaming proprietors about rules limiting restaurants and bars to two self-service sports betting terminals.

 

The commission also recently revealed a sports gaming implementation timeline that will determine a “universal” go-live date following approval of all draft applications.

The commission has announced plans to accept sports betting license applications in two groups. Type A, B, and C proprietors, first-designated mobile management service providers, management service providers, and suppliers applications will be accepted June 15-July 15. Type C sports gaming hosts and second-designated MMSPs applications will be accepted July 15-Aug. 15.

The submission deadline for all responsible gaming plans, facility plans, equipment testing, geolocation procedures, house rules and required procedures must take place 60 days prior to the universal start date. It’s also noted that the standard sports gaming employee application deadline must be 60 days prior to the universal start date.

In other states, it’s taken approximately 60-90 days to approve applications. Multiple deadlines are tied to the universal start date, allowing operators time to meet requirements such as submitting their house rules and problem and responsible gaming programs and having equipment ready for verification at least 30 days prior to launch date.

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