Sports betting operators, state businesses, and professional sports franchises scrambled to submit their Ohio sports betting license applications to the Ohio Casino Control Commission to ensure eligibility to launch as soon as possible.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission was bombarded with applications this past week, as entities hurried to submit paperwork before the initial application window closed on July 15. While the commission will continue to take applications, it warned that any entity submitting an application after the initial window would not be guaranteed a launch on the universal Jan. 1, 2023 start date.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission still must give the applications and all listed partnerships final approval before they go into effect.

Ohio online sports betting market impressive

As expected, Type A (online sports betting) license applications were a hot commodity. When the dust settled, the commission received 22 applications for Type A licenses in the last month.

Several Ohio professional sports franchises submitted applications to offer online sports betting. The Cleveland Guardians, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jacks, FC Cincinnati, and Columbus Crew all submitted license applications.

Sports Betting in Big Ten Country

There is big news coming to the upcoming 2022-23 Big Ten football season (and NFL season). Ohio online sports betting and Maryland sports betting are on the way.

Here is the complete list of Type A license applicants and their online sports betting service provider partners:

Twenty sports betting operators submitted applications to serve as “mobile management service providers,” or online sports betting skins, in Ohio.

Here is a complete list of the operators and their listed partners:

  • BetMGM: MGM Northfield Park
  • PointsBet: Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley
  • DraftKings: Hollywood Casino Toledo
  • Barstool: Hollywood Casino Columbus
  • FanDuel: No partner listed
  • Fanatics: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • William Hill: Scioto Downs
  • Hard Rock: Hard Rock Cincinnati
  • BetFred: Cincinnati Bengals
  • bet365: Cleveland Guardians
  • PlayUP: JACK Cleveland Casino
  • SuperBook: FC Cincinnati
  • Tipico: Columbus Crew
  • Fubo Gaming: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Instabet: Hall of Fame Village
  • Parx Interactive Ohio: Murfield Village Golf Club
  • Underdog Sports Wagering: Cincinnati Reds
  • Out the Gate: SPIRE Institute
  • Gamewise: No partner listed
  • Bally Bet: Cleveland Browns

Professional sports jump at retail sports betting

The Ohio Casino Control Commission accepted 24 Type B (retail sportsbook) and four Type C (kiosk) applications over the past month.

The Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, FC Cincinnati, and Columbus Blue Jackets all submitted applications to run sportsbooks at their respective arenas/stadiums.

Interestingly enough, a fireworks company (Phantom Fireworks in Mahoning) submitted an application to run a sportsbook at its facility.

Here’s the complete list of Type B/Type C license applications, and their listed partners.

A window is now open for secondary online sports betting operator applications and Type C applications. It will close on Aug. 16.