CANTON — The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Co. is on track to offer online and in-person sports betting at retail locations starting Jan. 1, when regulated sports betting becomes legal in Ohio.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission in Columbus on Wednesday approved conditional online and retail sports betting licenses for the company, also known as Hall of Fame Village, and several other applicants. Assuming that the licensed companies meet the legal requirements, all appear to be able to accept bets on the outcomes and aspects of sporting events such as; B. the margin by which sports teams win games.
Hall of Fame Village makes the cut
As of Wednesday, Hall of Fame Village is one of 21 applicants to receive conditional approval for an online sportsbook license and one of 20 applicants to receive conditional approval for “in-person” retail sportsbook licenses. Others with conditional approval, typically for both licenses, are the corporate entities that control the four Ohio casinos, JACK Thistledown Racino, the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Guardians, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Like Hall of Fame Village, many of the applicants have partnered with companies to provide the online sportsbook experience and manage their sportsbook retail operations.
Sports betting partners
In December, shortly after the Ohio Legislature legalized sports betting, the Hall of Fame Village announced a 10-year agreement with Rush Street Interactive to manage its sportsbook retail operations. Hall of Fame Village officials had been talking about their resort offering sports betting since 2019, when Hall of Fame Village became a public company. By March 2021, the Hall of Fame resort publicly lobbied the Ohio legislature for the legalization of sports betting, which it saw as a key element in the future of the proposed resort area.
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The Hall of Fame Village broke a 10-year partnership agreement with Genesis Global announced in January to manage its online sports betting platform and replaced Genesis with startup Betr Holdings in a new 10-year deal in August.
Betr offers micro-betting, where players can “bet on almost every moment of any live sporting event — from pitches and at-bats, plays and drives, shots and ball possession,” according to a Hall of Fame Village press release.
Sports betting in Canton
“The legalization of sports betting in Ohio opens up a multitude of opportunities across our company’s three businesses and for our fans,” Hall of Fame Village President and CEO Michael Crawford said in a statement. “We will have the only physical sports book in Stark County and the first dedicated sports micro-betting platform through the Betr mobile app, offering fans and guests a variety of different and new ways to experience sports entertainment.”
The Hall of Fame Village said the retail operation will be called BetRivers Sportsbook and will be located in the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone, a sports-entertainment area that “will offer a rooftop view of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and will be active.” Hub for guests to have fun, eat and socialize before, during and after events. BetRivers will offer fans a new and improved way to interact with their favorite sports.”
The statement states that from January 1, people will be able to place sports bets via the HOFV/Betr mobile sportsbook using the Betr mobile app. And users can now download the app from an app store to place practice bets ahead of sports betting going live in Ohio on Jan. 1.
Hall of Fame Village affiliates, BetRivers, also received conditional approval from the Commission to conduct sports betting in Ohio. It also has a partnership with Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. However, Betr is awaiting approval to offer online sports betting in the state.
Legalization of sports betting
It’s not clear what conditions Hall of Fame Village and other applicants must meet in order to move from conditional approval to final approval. A message was sent to a Commission spokeswoman asking for more information.
A list of owners, suppliers and service providers applying for sports betting licenses updated by the Commission on Wednesday said most of them had conditional licences. None had final approval.
State Senator Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, played a key role in drafting the legislation and mediating the discussions that led to the passage of House Bill 29 by the Ohio Legislature in December 2021, which would allow regulated sports betting to begin in Ohio by March 1, 2021 January 2021 approved. 1 next year. The minimum age for a sports bet is 21 years. The online sportsbook can only accept bets from Ohio residents.
Governor Mike DeWine signed the law into law on December 22nd. It then took three months for the law to come into force. The Ohio Constitution requires a 90-day grace period for non-emergency bills to enter into force, to give opponents time to collect a sufficient number of signatures to give voters a chance to veto the legislation . The Ohio Casino Control Commission then issued rules that would regulate sports betting, effective October 15 of that year. The Commission has published answers to frequently asked questions about the sports betting license application process.
Under House Bill 29, Stark County can only have one of the 40 brick-and-mortar sports betting retail operations because of its population. The Hall of Fame Village has received this one license. The most populous counties in Ohio may have as many as five such facilities. Other Stark County businesses can apply for licenses to operate Jan. 1 sports betting kiosks, which are overseen by the Ohio Lottery Commission.
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