Barstool Sports facing $250k fine in Ohio over underage bettor


Penn Entertainment is facing a possible $250,000 fine from Ohio officials, accused of violating the state’s sports betting regulations that prohibit advertising or marketing on a college campus and also targeting those under the age of 21.

Matt Schuler, executive director of the state commission that oversees sports gaming, on Wednesday announced at a public meeting that it intends to fine Penn Sports Interactive $250,000 because its affiliate Barstool Sportsbook marketed its services to college students at the University of Toledo, a big no-no under state rules that prohibit sports gaming by anyone under age 21

The fine and its potential implementation must still be voted upon by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), which announced the possibility of the fine vs. Penn Entertainment during its meeting on Wednesday, which is also the final meeting of the OCCC before sports gambling begins in the Buckeye State on January 1 for both online sports betting apps and in-person, retail betting.