The Ohio Casino Oversight Commission is considering banning sports bettors who are found to have harassed or threatened college athletes. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
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The Ohio Casino Oversight Commission (OCCC) is considering banning sports bettors in the state who have been found harassing college athletes via social media.
Unable to legally bet on any of the sportsbooks
OCCC Executive Director Matt Schuller addressed the issue on Wednesday, saying he would likely ask the commission to consider placing any Ohio sports bettors who make violent threats or harass college athletes over a sports bet on an exclusion list. This means that they will not be able to legally bet on any of the sportsbooks in the state.
It is unclear how long this exclusion will last. Speaking about banning potential harassment at the OCCC meeting on Wednesday, Schuler said, “We don’t have control over people’s behaviour, but we do have control over venues in how they engage.” He had not previously planned to make these statements during the meeting, but a number of recent events have prompted him to do so.
Schuler was recently informed that sports bettors were threatening to violently attack players on the University of Dayton basketball team. Ohio authorities may need to work with social media companies to help identify offending individuals.
Despite these notes, there was No formal action was taken on the matter at the OCCC meeting, the first of 2023; It was not on the planned agenda. University of Dayton Athletics Director and Vice President Neil Sullivan welcomes the idea of protecting college athletes from angry sports bettors.
During a press conference Tuesday, Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant mentioned how several members of the team received threats of violence after they lost a point last week to the Virginia Commonwealth. The Flyers led the game by 14 points in the first half. Several Twitter comments about the game indicated that it was rigged or talked about losing money from failed bets.
Grant called on people to give the team members a break, confirming that they were mainly between the ages of 18 and 22. Grant believes the recent launch of legal sports betting in Ohio could “really change the landscape around which college sports revolve.”
It has already issued several six-figure fines to operators for a variety of issues
Sportsbooks first launched in Ohio on January 1st. While they have received a lot of support from people in the state, the OCCC has been busy making sure all carriers carry themselves the right way. It has already issued several six-figure fines to operators for a variety of issues, including exposing minors to betting-related ads.