Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and NCAA President Charlie Baker have teamed up to support a proposed change in Ohio’s sports betting rules in an effort to protect collegiate athletes from online harassment. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has requested the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) to prohibit player-specific proposition bets on college athletics competitions. The aim is to reduce the prevalence of social media threats directed towards collegiate athletes.
Governor DeWine stressed the need to safeguard student-athletes from unnecessary threats, emphasizing that bets should focus on team-based outcomes rather than individual player performances. He highlighted the concerning trend of bad actors making threats against student-athletes, both in Ohio and across the nation. NCAA President Charlie Baker echoed DeWine’s sentiments, emphasizing the risks posed by individual prop bets and commending DeWine for taking swift action to address these concerns.
Under the proposed changes, bettors would no longer be allowed 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 not be affected by these changes.
The proposed amendments have received support from various stakeholders within Ohio’s collegiate sports community, including University officials such as Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and University of Dayton vice-president Neil Sullivan. They 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 implemented 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 begins, 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.