Depends on who you ask. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming is an outfit that tracks gambling legislation nationwide. They believe Ohio is one of 11 states that has a good chance of enacting sports gambling legislation. A report on ESPN has Ohio in the “no legislation activity yet” category, but Eilers & Krejcik might be more on track. Senator Joe Schiavoni of Youngstown has stated he will soon be introducing legislation that would allow people to legally bet on sports in the casinos and racinos.
Should Ohio decide not to legalize sports gambling, gamblers wouldn’t have to trek very far to place their bets. West Virginia passed sports gaming laws even before the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Pennsylvania now has rules in place for sports betting. Michigan authorizes gambling games under a broad definition that doesn’t prohibit sports betting. Pennsylvania and West Virginia plan on allowing betting on professional and college contests.