Caesars & Cleveland Cavaliers Partner for Ohio Sports Betting, Plus Retail Sportsbook

Caesars & Cleveland Cavaliers Partner for Ohio Sports Betting, Plus Retail Sportsbook
By Howard Gensler

Legal Ohio sports betting is still a number of months away, but the Cleveland Cavaliers continue looking to the future and securing deals.

The latest Cavs partnership is with Caesars and will make Caesars Sportsbook Ohio an “Official Sports Betting Partner” and Caesars Entertainment the “Official Casino Partner” of the team. This partnership includes plans to open a year-round, retail sportsbook at the Cavs’ home arena, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, on the street level inside the northwest atrium.

The Caesars Sportsbook will be more than 10,000 square feet and have betting windows for cash wagering. It will offer custom VIP and hospitality experiences for Caesars Rewards members, according to a news release. The venue will host a full-service bar and VIP lounge, an extensive menu, and wall-to-wall TVs.

The Caesars Sportsbook will be open on both event and non-event days and serve ticket-holders and walk-ins. It is expected to be open by the end of 2022, subject to regulatory and other necessary approvals, but construction is starting soon so all parties are confident.

Sports betting is scheduled to go live in Ohio before Jan. 1, 2023, according to the new state sports betting law.

“We’re ready to welcome Ohio sports fans into the Caesars Sportsbook Empire, while also making history with our second sportsbook at an NBA arena,” Chris Holdren, co-president of Caesars Digital, said in the release. “Building upon our already established roots with Scioto Downs in Columbus, we’re excited to announce our partnership with the Cavaliers at an exciting time in their franchise’s history.”

Caesars and Pro Teams

The Cavaliers have previously entered into agreements with Betway and Fubo Sportsbook. The Fubo deal, announced earlier this month, included the opening of a 3,000 square-foot Fubo Sportsbook Lounge in Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Caesars Sportsbook made sports-betting history with the first sportsbook at a professional sports venue in May 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., and will soon be opening its doors to another Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona through a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

When mobile sports betting goes live in Ohio, sports fans will be able to download the Caesars Sportsbook app to make a bet anywhere in the Buckeye State.

Ohio Sports Betting Partnerships

Ohio has already seen sports betting partnerships announced:

Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers.com) entered into a partnership with Penn National Gaming, owner of Ohio’s Hollywood casinos in Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Austintown this week.

Earlier this month, Fubo Gaming secured its deal with the Cavaliers to make Fubo Sportsbook an Official Mobile Sports Betting Partner of the NBA franchise.

In January, global sportsbook operator Tipico announced a long-term partnership agreement with the Columbus Crew, making Tipico the official and exclusive sports betting partner of the MLS franchise.

Last March, the Cavaliers and Betway, a UK-based sports betting and online gaming company, announced a new multi-year partnership. It includes a marketing campaign to promote Betway through signs and commercials, as well as a presence on team digital and social channels, according to a news release from the NBA team.

In June 2021, WynnBET and the Cincinnati Reds announced a corporate deal that targets bettors in Indiana, where online sports betting is already available.

In September 2020, Unibet entered into the agreement with Penn National Gaming to operate online sports betting and online casino gaming through Penn National's Hollywood Casinos in Ohio.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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