It is estimated that more than $150 billion is wagered on sporting events each year in the United States. Of this, only an estimated $4.5 billion is wagered legally. Why is that? Because of a federal statute (PASPA) prohibiting state sponsored sports betting, people had to resort to offshore sports gambling websites and illegal bookies. This all changed in May 2018, when the Supreme Court declared PASPA unconstitutional, effectively lifting the ban on sports betting nationwide. With states now capable of enacting their own sports gambling schemes and regulations, Ohio is in a prime position to capitalize. I advocate for a reform of Ohio's contradictory gambling laws and argue for a more common sense and advantageous system. Through swift and comprehensive decision-making, the Ohio General Assembly can enact regulation for modern sports betting and overhaul Ohio's outdated and inconsistent gambling laws. By implementing regulations that utilize Ohio's current infrastructure and examining jurisdictions with successful sports gambling in place, Ohio can be a leading innovator in sports betting regulation throughout the United States.
Regulated Sports Betting: Ohio's Chance to Take a Bet on Itself,
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