Just two days after legal sports betting began in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine is blaming companies for illegally advertising to young audiences.
Ohio law prohibits sports betting companies from advertising to anyone under the legal age of 21 to bet on sports here. But at least two have already crossed the line, according to the Ohio Casino Control Board, which regulates sports betting.
“Companies that have been doing large-scale advertising should be aware that they are being monitored very closely by the governor and the casino governing board,” DeWine said in the bill signed Tuesday. “At least a few times I believe they’ve already crossed the line. My message to them is this is not acceptable in Ohio.”
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Last week, the commission notified DraftKings of a $350,000 fine for possible violations. According to the commission, DraftKings posted 2,500 of his ads in November targeting individuals under the age of 21. DraftKings reserves the right to hold a public hearing to challenge the allegations.
In the event of a violation, DraftKings may be required to create new procedures to prevent marketing materials from being sent to persons whose age has not been verified.
Barstool Sportsbook could also be fined $250,000 for providing promo codes for sports betting pre-registration at the college football show at the University of Toledo on November 15th.
Matthew Schuler, Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Regulatory Commission, said: “The Commission has been very clear with the industry about its rules and standards for sports game advertising and, despite the reminders, we were disappointed by the lack of compliance. “There is.” statement.
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Akron Beacon Journal reporter Amanda Garrett contributed to the report.