Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has entered into a sports betting partnership with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, following the legalisation of sports gambling within the state of Ohio.
The 10-year agreement, subject to obtaining the necessary licensing, will see RSI operate a premier retail sportsbook at the Hall of Fame Village (HOFV) powered by Johnson Controls. The complex is a multi-sport, entertainment and media destination surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, an attraction that pays tribute to the history of professional football, and is home to the world’s largest collection of National Football League memorabilia.
The agreement between the two companies also features a sponsorship component, allowing RSI to leverage HOFV’s signage, branding and media assets.
Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI, commented: “We are excited to partner with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a unique sports and entertainment company with exceptional reach in professional football and beyond. We look forward to offering a best-in-class sportsbook commensurate with the prestige of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Village that fans across the country and world can enjoy.”
Speaking further about the recent legalisation of sports betting in Ohio, Michael Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of HOFV, said: “With the legalisation of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our company’s multiple business lines. We considered many different retail sportsbook operators, but selected RSI because of its outstanding reputation, impressive sportsbook results in other markets, and the quality and experience of its team.”
Sports betting was officially signed into law this week by Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, following a three-year process. The bill stipulates that sports gambling is to be made available from 1 January 2023; however, it is anticipated that betting can commence sooner.
Under the new law, casinos, stadiums, bars and restaurants will have the ability to apply for gambling licences from the Ohio Casino Control Commission.