Columbus CEO takes a look at how sports gambling could unfold statewide, depending how lawmakers play their cards

As the Buckeyes kick coverage team lines up to start the big game, some fans in Ohio Stadium begin jumping up and down in nervous anticipation. Others huddle over their phones furiously pecking away in a last-second burst of betting.

Will the kick go out of bounds? Will it be returned past the 30-yard line? Punch yes or no. Gamblers in the bleachers play their hunches as the odds fluctuate until the moment when toe meets leather.

Big money is riding on this kickoff—and just about anything else you can take a side on all afternoon in the horseshoe-shaped stadium along the banks of the Olentangy River. It’s the brave new world of legalized sports betting, and, with Ohio lawmakers firing up the discussion over legalizing state betting this fall, this imaginary scenario may be coming sooner than you think.

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