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Betting In The Buckeye State

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and NJ.com, joins the show.

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On this week's episode:
Beating The Spread

It’s been just over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that allows states besides Nevada to legalize sports betting. Several states have passed sports gambling laws already, and two bills in Ohio are working through the Statehouse.

An Ohio Senate bill would put sports betting in casinos and racinos only, while the Ohio House bill would also legalize sports betting in fraternal and veterans’ organizations, and could expand it to other lottery vendors like bars, restaurants and grocery stores. However, the biggest game changer could come if betting is allowed online.

Snollygoster Of The Week

In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel said the Senate could not confirm a U.S. Supreme court justice months before an election and scuttled the nomination of Merrick Garland. Now that a Republican in in the White House, he's changed his tune.

Send your questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.