Gambling Advocate Trying to Take Sports Betting to Ohio Ballot

By D.J. Byrnes on May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am
Brutus Buckeye
Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling this week and opened the floodgates for states to decide the issue.

While the Ohio Statehouse hasn't conducted any official business since April, one man hopes to beat lawmakers to legalizing sports betting.


Long-time gambling proponent Rick Lertzman says his proposed constitutional amendment would allow sports betting in hundreds of restaurants, bars, fraternal clubs and entertainment venues. He’s wanted to add another casino and horseracing track in Ohio, and he’s opposed to sports betting being limited to only the established gambling facilities, which he calls a “monopolistic” idea.

Lertzman says he’s aiming for the November 2019 ballot, and he says he’ll still beat state lawmakers to the issue.

Betting on the local team while eating and drinking? An Ohio lad can dream...

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