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Indiana General Assembly overrides veto on transgender sports ban

The Republican-majority Indiana General Assembly easily used its Technical Corrections Day on Tuesday to override Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill that prohibits biological males from competing in K-12 girls sports in the state. Indiana Republicans made good on a March promise to override, voting 32-15 in the Senate and 67-28 in the […]

Ohio high school athletes still banned from NIL arena

High school athletes in Ohio will not be able to profit from using their name, image and likeness just as college athletes have recently been able to do. Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools overwhelmingly voted down, 538-254, an association proposal that would have allowed student-athletes to sign endorsement agreements. The proposal mirrored recent […]

Ohio’s sports betting law a model for the nation

An industry group that tracks sports betting laws and revenue from gaming across the nation called Ohio’s new sports gambling law the best in the country. PlayOhio, part of the PlayUSA Network, believes the state’s patience and collaborative approach to produce its sports gaming law set the bar high for state’s still debating gaming options. […]

Ohio’s highway system falls in national rankings

In a year, Ohio’s highway system fell from consideration as one of the best in the nation to average, based on a recently released report from the Reason Foundation. The state ranked 13th in the nation a year ago in the report that analyzes overall cost-effectiveness, along with condition, fatality rates and time spent commuting. It remains above […]

Ohio economists uncertain about sports betting impact

A group of Ohio economists are not as certain about the economic impact of legalized sports betting in Ohio as a national gaming research group that predicted the state eventually would be one of the largest gambling markets in the country. Only 10 of the 23 state economists surveyed agreed legalized sports betting would outweigh […]

Sports betting officially becomes legal in Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine officially made sports betting legal in Ohio with his signature, but it will likely be more than a year before the first legal bet can be placed in the Buckeye State. DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law late Wednesday, creating online, retail and kiosk legal sports gaming throughout the state, but […]

Legal sports betting in Ohio awaits DeWine’s signature

Ohio is on the doorstep of joining a growing list of states that allow legalized sports betting. All that’s needed is Gov. Mike DeWine’s signature on a comprehensive sports gaming compromise bill that passed the Ohio Senate and House on Wednesday, establishing the framework for online, brick-and-mortar and kiosk sports betting. “This is much more […]