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Ohio Governor Applauds Rule Changes Banning College Athlete Prop Bets in Sports Wagering


COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 23, 2024) – Governor Mike DeWine commended the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s swift action to amend sports wagering rules, effectively removing collegiate athlete prop bets from the list of legal wagers.

Protecting Student Athletes:

Governor DeWine praised the commission’s decision, highlighting its role in safeguarding student athletes from potential harm associated with individual prop bets. He emphasized the shift in focus towards team-based wagers, ensuring a healthier betting environment in Ohio.

Addressing Emerging Concerns:

Governor DeWine’s actions stemmed from concerns voiced shortly after the legalization of sports gambling in January 2023. Threats directed at University of Dayton basketball players brought the issue to light, prompting the Governor to advocate for changes. He pursued solutions through legislative efforts and direct engagement with the NCAA.

Changes Implemented:

The amended rules prohibit wagering on individual player performances in college sports, including in-game statistics and achievements. However, bets on overall game outcomes, final scores, and point spreads remain permissible. These changes solely apply to collegiate athletics, leaving professional sports prop bets unaffected.

Widespread Support:

The rule changes garnered support from various stakeholders, including Ohio universities, collegiate coaches, and representatives from the gambling industry.

Further Information:

For details on the rule amendment process, please refer to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.