CLEVELAND, Ohio - Don't expect to be able to bet on the Cavs at the JACK Cleveland Casino before heading down the walkway to a game at Quicken Loans Arena, even if sports gambling is legalized in Ohio.
A precedent has been set in the NBA. It likely would prevent gambling on the Cavs at JACK Entertainment properties here and elsewhere because of Dan Gilbert's ownership stake in both the Cavs and JACK Entertainment.
The Golden Nugget doesn't accept wagers on the Houston Rockets because because Rockets owner Tilman J. Fertitta is also owner of Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels.
And for years, Caesars properties didn't take wagers on the Boston Celtics because the now former Chairman Gary Loveman purchased a small stake in the Boston Celtics in 2007.
Options to wager on the Celtics returned to Caesars on April 26 because Loveman is no longer with the company, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Currently, in-person wagers on pro and college sports can only be placed in Nevada. But the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a ban on sports wagering elsewhere, clearing the way for all states to permit it.
Ohio is among those where the discussion has started. Other states, such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia, already have established rules to begin sports wagering.
Two of Ohio's four casinos - those in Cleveland and Cincinnati - are run by JACK Entertainment.