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Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sportsbooks

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In this Nov. 18, 2019, photo, Sportsbook shift manager Stuart Norsell, right, assists a patron, left, in the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Legalized sports betting’s rapid march across the U.S. could face some bigger tests in 2020. Less than two years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door to sportsbooks outside Nevada, they have been legalized in states that are home to about one-third of the nation’s population. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Legislation enacted by the Ohio Senate to legalize sports betting in the state could leave casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus out in the cold.

The bill passed Wednesday limits the number of brick-and-mortar sportsbooks based on county population and gives professional sports teams priority in obtaining licenses.

For example, the bill allows for three sportsbooks in Cuyahoga County where there are three professional sports teams, a casino and a racino.

A spokesperson for a coalition representing professional sports teams said he could not comment on what their individual plans are for pursing gaming licenses.

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