Not Everyone Will Be Able to Launch Ohio Sports Betting By Jan. 1

When it comes to the future of Ohio sports betting, things are going to be made official soon enough. It has already been announced that the first bets in the state will be allowed at midnight to ring in the new year. However, it has just been announced that not everyone will be able to launch Ohio sports betting by Jan. 1. That’s because the deadline for companies to get their applications into the state has been set for Oct. 5.

Indeed, the Ohio Casino Control Commission revealed that they’ve informed sportsbooks once again that they need to get the proper paperwork delivered in time to be able to get things rocking. According to Director of Communications Jessica Franks, this is something the OCCC has made clear to people for quite some time. If the companies don’t get things processed in time, they’re going to have to wait to take part in Ohio sports betting.

“They have known about this requirement basically since the law passed, and they have known about it since the applications were made available to them. So we cannot issue licenses if we do not have the information regarding who has control of the applicant,” Franks said in a recent interview.

That’s right, not everyone is going to get their betting licenses in time, which will also impact where some kiosks are able to go up. Luckily, there’s still about a week left for the proper documentation to get completed. However, if people get lazy and don’t get this done in time, then they’ll have to stay patient with their betting projects. The hope here, though, is that people will take this upcoming deadline seriously.

Ohio sports betting will launch in time for the NFL’s postseason

As we’ve mentioned before, Ohio sports betting will launch in time for the NFL’s postseason and fans are over the moon with this fact. Leading up to that date (Jan. 1) for the launch, people are going to be checking the NFL betting odds with a passion. In Ohio specifically, people have a high interest in the Cincinnati Bengals. This team surprised plenty of people last year by winning the AFC Championship Game.

Despite the team not having strong Super Bowl betting odds right now, the squad is simply too good to not take them seriously for the rest of the campaign. Joe Burrow, a former No. 1 overall pick, is an incredibly gifted player and he’s not going to be held back for too long. With Ja’Marr Chase being one of the most electric wideouts in the game too, you know the Bengals will wake up soon.

With this, people are going to love the fact that they’re going to be able to bet on them this winter. Once Jan. 1 arrives, you better believe that the NFL wagers are going to be pouring in on Cincy. They’ll hope to make a splash in the AFC North, though the Baltimore Ravens, led by Lamar Jackson, are looking quite tough. Matter of fact, Jackson has high MVP odds and that won’t change.

When you take a look at other teams in the AFC, the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will surely be getting a lot of Super Bowl bets, while the Miami Dolphins are a team no one will want to forget. In the NFC, we don’t have to tell you about the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL fans as a whole love those squads. People in Ohio will be wanting to bet big on them as well.

Business owners can’t wait for betting to arrive

As you might have been able to guess, business owners can’t wait for betting to arrive on Jan. 1, as it’s going to be a game-changer for so many different bars and restaurants. What makes betting in Ohio so head-turning is that the kiosks will be made available for local businesses, which is not something that every state that has legalized sports betting can say. Not many can.

For a lot of states, they’re only allowed to have sports betting at authorized locations like casinos. Other than that, it’s difficult to find spots. Just ask people in Maryland about that. With Ohio, though, things are going to be different from the start and sports fans are quite excited about that. If anything, it’s only going to provide businesses with even more reasons to have people make their way to their establishments. It’ll drive business in a big way, that’s for sure.

Once the NFL postseason arrives, then things will really be booming. Then once the NBA action is allowed to be bet on in January too, people will be jacked up to make bets on the Cleveland Cavaliers and other hoops squads. All in all, the excitement for sports betting to arrive in Ohio is at an all-time high. Things are going to keep getting better and better for businesses in the coming months and we can’t wait for it.

Chris Boline

Chris Boline is an avid sports fan and currently works within the sports industry. He has previously written for outlets covering the NBA G League, Los Angeles Chargers, Mountain West Conference football and basketball and has been a writer for over 10 years. Chris is very involved within his local community and spends his free time working with community organizations, sitting on boards, and spending time with friends and family.