Hall of Fame Resort progresses sports betting vision via Ohio approval


The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment has secured a significant development regarding sports betting ambitions within its home market of Ohio after securing key approvals.

The conditional approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission is praised as permitting the group to take “the next step toward” towards its mobile and retail sportsbook goals.

With sports betting set to become available across the Buckeye State at the turn of 2023, this authorisation will permit the company to operate a physical sportsbook as well as mobile platform under sports betting law HB29.

HOFV previously announced a 10-year partnership with Rush Street Interactive in December 2021, with a BetRivers sportsbook to be located at the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone, a sports and entertainment-themed promenade. 

The fan engagement zone will offer rooftop views of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and will be accessible for guests before, during and after events.

Furthermore, in addition to this official retail partnership, HOFV has also teamed-up with Betr, founded by sports betting veteran Joey Levy and media mogul Jake Paul, as official mobile sports-betting partner, which replaces a prior ten-year Genesis Global alliance.

Consumers can download the HOFV/Betr mobile app as a free-to-play version as Ohioans get ready for sports betting in the jurisdiction on January 1, 2023.

“The legalisation of sports betting in Ohio, opens up a breadth of opportunity across our company’s three business verticals and for our fans,” said Michael Crawford, HOFV president and chief executive officer. 

“We will have the only physical sportsbook in Stark County and the first dedicated sports micro betting platform via the Betr mobile app, bringing fans and guests a multitude of different and new ways to experience sports entertainment.”