While Ohio is planning to regulate sports betting, the Ohio universities call for keeping college sports and athletics out of the expanded gambling regulations.
Talking to the state radio, Bruce Johnson, the President of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, said that the leaders of state universities want college sports excluded from sports betting.
“People who run athletics departments across the state feel very strongly that student-athletes don’t need to be confronted with the additional challenge of having gambling right down the street on their athletic events.”
Johnson also pointed out that legalizing sports betting can negatively impact students who would be tempted and therefore may be at the receiving end of the new sports gambling business.
Several US states have already legalized and launched sports betting tournaments with reasonable restrictions. However, even with the NCAA standing firm against sports betting on minor league tournaments, most states which have legalized sports gambling do allow betting on college-level tournaments.
Ohio’s sports gambling bill makes provision for the Ohio Lottery Commission to manage and regulate the sports betting while working in terms with the proposed Sports Gaming Advisory Board. The bill proposes that the Lottery commission would work on the advisory and recommendation of the advisory board.
Earlier this year in May, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services found that over $10 million have been unpaid by the winners at Ohio’s casinos and racinos for child support. Jackpot winners and lottery winners since 2014 have not paid towards the service, and the ODJFS has intercepted 6,300 such jackpots.