Former Alabama Baseball Coach Could Hurt the Sports Betting Push

As we wait for some form of positive news to come in for Alabama sports betting, it’s issues away from legislation that’s giving people headaches. As you might have remembered, the Alabama baseball scandal completely rocked college sports, as it was proven that there were illegal wagers being registered. Because of this, things are still a nightmare across the board. And with that, the former Alabama baseball coach could hurt the sports betting push.

The major news from this week has been that fired Crimson Tide head coach Brad Bohannon has officially been banned for life from ever recording a bet at an Ohio sportsbook. According to reports, Bohannan gave a bettor information about his team before a large bet was recorded. Because of this, the Ohio Casino Control Commission has decided that Bohannon can’t partake in future bets in the state.

“The notices allege that Bert Neff Jr and Brad Bohannon’s presence in a sports gaming facility and their participation in the play of sports gaming poses a threat to the interests of the state of Ohio to achieve the intents and purposes of the sports, gaming control law, and to the strict and effective regulation of sports gaming,” Ohio Casino Control Commission director Matt Schuler said in a statement.

With Bohannon being banned from placing bets in Ohio, this scandal also has people all over Alabama questioning whether or not illegal information on college athletics is being shared to this day. Bohannon was fired, but all of his craziness has people wondering if it’s going to keep on delaying legal sports betting from arriving. Because of Bohannon’s error, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see lawmakers decide to wait even further to try and come up with a promising sports betting bill.

Alabama continues to miss out on college football betting

Despite all the bad news that has come in, there’s no question that Alabama continues to miss out on college football betting. While people are surely checking the NFL betting odds, despite things being illegal to this day, college football is the top sport in the state and nothing is going to change that. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Nick Saban are in the middle of another strong year.

Because of this, people are hoping they can increase their College Football Playoff betting odds with some big wins down the stretch. Following a 49-21 win over the Kentucky Wildcats last weekend, Alabama is now 9-1 on the season and they’re ranked the No. 8 team in the country. Next weekend, the Tide will take on Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl. They’ll then hope to try and take down Georgia this winter. But first, there are two games to close out the regular season.

“I haven’t thought really much about the division going away this season,” Saban said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “When you’re in the season you’re always focusing on the next game, the next play, the next whatever, and so I haven’t really thought about that. But it has been fun to compete in the SEC, to have a division to focus on what you have to do to win your division.”

Down the road, the hope is that legal sports betting in Alabama will be allowed. Once that happens, you better believe that countless wagers will be placed on Saban and his men. Right now, we’d be seeing some tremendous numbers being posted, but Alabama remains behind other states in moving forward with a sports betting project. No one knows exactly when things will get done, but people are surely tired of waiting.

The wheels are in motion for legal sports betting in 2024

While it might seem like a bit of a long shot, the good news is that the wheels are in motion for legal sports betting in 2024. It was just reported this week that Alabama democrats are eyeing legal betting next year, which would of course be massive. However, the main issue in this case is that not everyone is so high on getting this done. Alabama is widely known as a Republican state and plenty of officials aren’t big fans of sports gambling.

With Alabama being quite conservative, a large number of high-ranking officials have been quite outspoken about how they don’t want to see sports betting arrive in the state. This has caused plenty of division on the subject, which isn’t helping anyone. What can’t be denied is that there’s a ton of potential for sports betting to take off in Alabama from the moment it’s launched.

Football is massive, but March Madness betting would also be quite high thanks to Alabama and Auburn being in the SEC. Those teams are loaded with great talent and they have fantastic coaching too. College athletics would really drive sports betting, but Bohannon’s recent ban in Ohio is something people will keep in mind moving forward. Alabama needs sports betting and if all goes to plan, 2024 will be the year things get done. However, there are folks who don’t want it to happen.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Jr. comes from Mississippi where he and his family spend their days discussing college football, baseball and basketball. He's written sports journalism for years after studying journalism at a local university. Over time, Peter has cultivated extensive knowledge covering sports betting legislation across the country. He closely tracks the latest regulatory developments and provides key insights into their impacts. Peter also offers sharp MLB betting analysis, leveraging stats and trends to identify value on matchups.