As the foremost Gaming law firm in Ohio, Kegler Brown has a history of counseling clients through the licensing process at the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and we are able to draw upon that experience to guide fantasy sports betting clients through their own licensure. Both fantasy contest operators and management companies have unique needs, and as a full service law firm we stand ready to meet our clients’ needs at every level.

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law that prevented most states from regulating sports betting. Since then, at least 20 states passed laws legalizing sports betting, and Ohio has two legalization bills pending. With our active presence at the Ohio Statehouse, we can help make our clients’ interests heard so they can offer an informed voice in the formation of Ohio’s sports betting laws. Further, once the pending legislation is passed, we have the experience and resources to guide our clients through the steps of becoming licensed sports betting operators.

Our Services

  • Licensing: guiding our clients through obtaining, completing, submitting, and renewing licenses
  • Defense: advocating for our clients in hearings on denied or revoked licenses
  • Legislative Advocacy: representing clients before legislative and agency committees; enabling and providing the opportunity for our clients to influence public policy
  • Regulatory Monitoring: tracking and monitoring legislation and regulations affecting the industry and licensees or potential licensees; providing input on rulemaking
  • Monitoring Regulatory Approval Status: tracking and reporting on client applications to achieve timely approval
  • General Business Counsel: helping to optimize clients’ business structures in order to operate within the gaming industry; providing a full suite of business services, including intellectual property protection

Our Clients

We assist sports betting operators and related vendors seeking to be informed and influence Ohio’s pending sports betting legislation. We also provide guidance to individuals or companies seeking to create a fantasy sports business or invest in an existing fantasy sports business, and advise local businesses, regional companies, and operations with a national presence on issues related to compliance in Ohio.

We have represented national gaming suppliers who manufacture casino and gaming equipment, including some of the gaming industry's most high-profile companies. We also provide counsel to investment holders seeking to invest in a gaming businesses and become licensed as holding companies.

Contact Us

For more information on our internet gaming services, please contact Michael E. Zatezalo or Robert Dove. You can also learn more by visiting Ohio Gaming Law, our free resource for Ohio gaming updates and insight.