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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sports betting would be legalized in Ohio and college athletes could for the first time earn money based on the use of their names, images and likenesses, under a pair of pair-related bills up for a Wednesday vote in the state Senate.

The sports betting bill would allow 53 licenses to be issued for taking wagers on professional and college sports.

That’s an increase from 40 licenses in the original version of the bill.

Twenty-five of those licenses would be available to Ohio’s casinos and horse racing tracks called racinos, which could then partner with outside companies to provide sports betting online or mobile apps.

Another 33 licenses would be for brick-and-mortar locations that could include casinos, racinos, sports bars or betting shops where people can watch and wager on games.

“Our coalition is grateful for the care in crafting a bill providing opportunities for fair market access to Ohio’s pro sports organizations, which produces the games that make sports betting possible,” the Ohio Professional Sports Coalition said in a statement.

The bill also allows betting on Ohio university football and basketball games, which the Inter-University Council of Ohio opposes. Council CEO Bruce Johnson says legalized sports betting will require universities to monitor athletes to ensure they are not involved in point shaving and students are not dealing inside information to bettors.

The bill also allows for betting kiosks in bars and nightclubs that serve hard liquor. Betting will be limited to point spreads, total points scored in a game and money lines, which is an odds-based bet on which team will win. It also imposes a $200 a day betting limit.

In addition, the legislation would permit electronic bingo at veteran’s and fraternal organizations overseen by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and sports pool betting run by the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Under the college athlete compensation bill, universities or college athletic conferences would be prevented from punishing athletes if they are compensated based on their sports performance.

Such compensation could involve anything from a book-signing at a bookstore to a deal with a local restaurant. Exceptions include sponsorships for marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and casinos, which are not permitted under the bill, according to bill sponsor Sen. Niraj Antani, a Dayton-area Republican.

Athletes would have to notify universities 15 days ahead of signing endorsement contracts.

Since 2019, at least 16 states — including Arizona, Nebraska, and Michigan — have approved legislation allowing college athletes to make money through advertisements, sponsorship deals and other types of promotions based on their athletic success.

Five of those bills — approved by Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico — become law July 1.

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What is the Ohio State tattoo scandal?

THE Ohio State tattoo scandal dates back to December 2010.

The former star quarterback for the Ohio Buckeyes, Terrelle Pryor, and four other members were suspended by the NCAA back in 2010 following a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor.

2Former Ohio State football stars (L-R) DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Boom Herron, Terrelle Pryor, and Solomon Thomas, are known as the 'Tattoo Five'Credit: AP What is the Ohio State tattoo scandal?

In 2010, Pryor along with DeVier Posey, Mike Adam, Boom Herron, and Solomon Thomas were all involved in what is known as the Tattoogate scandal.

The former Buckeyes' were suspended for the first five games of the 2010-11 season after receiving cash and discounted tattoos for memorabilia from the owner of a local tattoo parlor, Edward Rife.

As a result of the scandal, the players were suspended for the first five games and ordered to pay back the money they received.

The team also had to vacate their wins from a 12-1 season that year including Big Ten and Sugar Bowl championships.

What did the Terrelle Pryor say about the scandal in 2021?

11 years after the scandal took place, Pryor took to Twitter to release a statement following NCAA's new ruling in regards to players benefiting from their name, image, and likeness.

"The time has come, we should get out wins back, records back, and the legacy of [Jim Tressel] back and not look past it!," Pryor tweeted on July 13, 2021.

"The affirmation of the NCAA athletes' right to make a living from their name, image, and likeness is a huge step in the right direction. Armed with the correct resources and support, we know they'll show what we felt to be true all along -- not letting athletes capitalize on what ultimately is their hard work was unjust and unnecessary,"  Pryor continued.

"Now that the fundamental right has been granted to a new generation of athletes, now that they finally have the freedom to share in some of the millions of dollars in revenue they generate for their coaches, their institutions, their conferences, and the NCAA as a whole, we would like to see our hard-won accomplishments reinstated." 

The statement was signed by all five members.

2The five members were punished by the NCAA back in 2010 after selling their memorabiliaCredit: AP Did the NCAA reinstate the Ohio State record following the new policy changes?

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the NCAA released s a statement regarding the request and said that they do not plan on revising the penalties that were handed down.

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“Although college athletes can now receive benefits from their names, images and likenesses through activities like endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not permit pay-for-play type arrangements,” the statement read.

"The NCAA infractions process exists to promote fairness in college sports. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools."

"Previous penalties, including those that are several years old, will not be re-evaluated or reconsidered based on the recent changes to NIL rules,” the statement continued.

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