Ohio Sports Betting: Owners of Barstool Sportsbook, Football HOF Village, Apply for Licenses

Among those that have now submitted applications for wagering-related permits are Penn Sports Interactive LLC, a digital arm of Barstool Sportsbook-owner Penn National Gaming Inc.

Last Updated: Jul 4, 2022 12:40 AM ET Read Time: 2 min
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The applications keep rolling in for Ohio sports betting licenses.

Among those that have now submitted applications for wagering-related permits are Penn Sports Interactive LLC — a digital arm of Barstool Sportsbook-owner Penn National Gaming Inc. — and HOF Village Newco LLC, a subsidiary of Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, which owns the Hall of Fame Village in Canton.

Penn applied for a mobile management services provider license on June 30, according to the list maintained by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. While the partner to which Penn would provide those services is not yet given, it's likely the license would be linked to a Penn property, as the casino operator has several in the state. 

Barstool Sportsbook would face plenty of competition in Ohio as well. BetMGM, DraftKings, and PointsBet have also applied for mobile management services provider licenses, which allow the holder to operate an online sportsbook on behalf of an Ohio-based professional sports organization, casino, or other entity with a “proprietor” license for mobile wagering.

Ohio's sports-betting law provides for 25 online wagering proprietor licenses initially, in addition to 40 proprietor permits for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. The launch date for legal sports betting to begin in Ohio is Jan. 1, 2023, and bettors will have to be at least 21 years old and physically located in the state to play. 

Clock is ticking

The first window for Ohio sports betting licenses — which covers online, retail, and kiosk-based wagering — will close on July 15, leaving a few more weeks for eager operators to get in their applications. 

Meanwhile, HOF Village Newco is seeking a proprietor license for both a brick-and-mortar and online sportsbook in Ohio.

The entity that would conduct the wagering operations for the company, the parent of which is partners with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is not yet named. However, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (HOFV) announced in December that it had signed a 10-year agreement with BetRivers-owner Rush Street Interactive Inc. allowing for a sportsbook at the HOF village. 

"With the legalization of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our Company’s multiple business lines,” said Michael Crawford, president and CEO of HOFV, in a press release. 

HOFV also announced in January that it had signed a similar agreement with Genesis Global Ltd. that partnered the two companies on online sports betting. 

Another new applicant on the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s list is Elys Gameboard Technologies LLC, which applied for a "Type-C Sports Gaming Proprietor" license on June 29. 

Elys is a business-to-business provider of gaming technology, and a Type-C license would enable the company to provide the technology needed to offer lottery-related sports betting via kiosks at bars and restaurants. 

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