- The Cleveland Browns became the second NFL team to apply for a betting license in Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals were the first.
- The Browns are partnered with Bally’s interactive and the sportsbook will be through this partnership.
- A potential sportsbook at FirstEnergy Stadium could come from this deal.
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns have applied for a mobile sports betting license in Ohio. The Browns are partnered with Bally’s interactive and this application is through said partnership.
This marks the second NFL team to apply for a sports betting license in Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals applied for a betting license with Betfred previously.
Fans could potentially see a sportsbook at FirstEnergy Stadium through this partnership. Ohio could match Arizona with the most professional teams partnered with a mobile sportsbook.
Cleveland Browns Sportsbook
When the Browns announced their partnership with Bally’s it was expected that a mobile sportsbook application would come. Ohio regulations only allow for betting licenses to applicants partnered with local Ohio teams or casinos.
“We are excited to partner with such a historic pro football franchise to secure sports betting market access in Ohio, and bring to its fan base more ways to engage through our online gaming platforms,” said Adi Dhandhania, Chief Operating Officer of North America for Bally’s Interactive. “The Browns’ stadium and gameday atmosphere provide a great opportunity for us to showcase our Bally Bet Sportsbook app and Bally Play products in Ohio.”
The Browns’ application now brings the total of professional team license applications to eight in Ohio. The city of Cleveland alone sees three teams who have applied for betting licenses.
Ohio Teams License Applicants
|Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)||FBG Enterprises Opco LLC (Fanatics)||7/13/2022|
|Columbus Crew (MLS)||Tipico Ohio, LLC||7/13/2022|
|Cincinnati Red (MLB)||Underdog Sports Wagering, LLC||7/13/2022|
|Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)||Betfred Sports (Ohio) LLC||7/14/2022|
|Cleveland Guardians||Hillside Ohio LLC (bet365)||7/14/2022|
|Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||Fubo Gaming Inc.||7/14/2022|
|Cleveland Browns (NFL)||Bally’s Interactive, LLC||7/15/2022|
|FC Cincinnati (USL)||SBOpco, LLC (SuperBook)||7/15/2022|
This betting application comes as Ohio closes the first round of applicants. In total, 22 different applications filled. Ohio is aiming to go live with betting on January 1, 2023.
Fans can expect to see the announced operators who have been granted licenses in the coming weeks ahead of the second round of applications.
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