Fantasy Sports Becomes Legal In Ohio

Ohio has legalized fantasy sports and put it under the watchful eye of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The new law has the support of the state’s sports teams, including the Cleveland Indians.

In early January Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill that legalizes fantasy sports gaming in the Buckeye State and places it under the regulatory arm of the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

The law excludes such games from including college or youth sports and doesn’t allow the activity to be advertised to minors or for those under 18 to play.

The new law was supported by the Cleveland Indians, Columbus Crew and Cincinnati Reds ball clubs and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, whose chairman Peter Schoenke had testified to lawmakers that it was necessary to classify fantasy sports as a game of skill to end uncertainty and help the industry grow. He estimated that nearly 2 million in the state participate in fantasy sports each year.

He told legislators: “States have shown that fantasy sports is an activity that can be regulated to ensure a fair and balanced playing field. Sixteen states have passed laws clarifying that fantasy sports are legal games of skill.”

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