Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and NCAA President Charlie Baker have joined forces in support of a proposed change to Ohio’s sports betting rules. The proposed change, brought forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), aims to prohibit player-specific proposition bets on college athletics competitions. This is in response to the increasing prevalence of social media threats directed towards collegiate athletes.
Governor DeWine emphasized the importance of protecting student-athletes from unnecessary threats, stating that the focus should be on team-based bets rather than individual player performances. He highlighted the concerning trend of bad actors engaging in unacceptable behavior and making threats against student-athletes in Ohio and across the nation.
NCAA President Charlie Baker echoed DeWine’s sentiments, emphasizing the risks posed by individual prop bets and applauding DeWine for taking swift action to address these concerns while responsibly regulating the growing sports betting industry in Ohio.
Under the proposed changes, bettors would no longer be permitted to place prop bets on individual player achievements during collegiate sporting events. However, they would still be able to wager on overall outcomes, final scores, and other team-based bets. It is important to note that professional sports contests would remain unaffected by these changes.
The proposed amendments have garnered support from various stakeholders within Ohio’s collegiate sports community. University officials, including Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and University of Dayton vice-president Neil Sullivan, have voiced their backing for the initiative, emphasizing the importance of protecting student-athletes from abuse and threats.
In response to the challenges posed by sports betting, the NCAA has undertaken initiatives aimed at educating athletes and monitoring online activities to detect and address threats promptly. Additionally, the Association has revised its penalties to ensure that student-athletes are not unduly penalized for minor betting infractions.
As the public comment period commences, sports betting companies will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed rule changes before the Ohio Casino Control Commission makes its decision. The outcome of this deliberation will likely have significant implications for the future of sports betting regulations in Ohio, particularly concerning collegiate athletics.