Lawmakers in the state of Ohio have been working to legalize sports betting for almost a year, but nothing has come of it up to this point. The Ohio sports betting industry could become a huge factor in the industry at some point, but lawmakers have to figure things out.
The state of Ohio has several professional sports teams that will help to drive the industry, but perhaps none bigger than the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have a championship in the last five years, and the Ohio sports betting industry will look to the Cavs to help get sports betting up and running.
Ohio is looking to bring in additional revenue sources, and the sports betting industry can definitely provide that. This state will look to become one of the first to legalize in 2021, and the Ohio sports betting industry could be ready during the 2020-21 Cavaliers season.
Since the Ohio sports betting industry is not yet up and running, no sportsbooks have been approved for launch. There are four sports betting operators that will be looking to break into the industry, and they will all look for the Cavaliers to help drive the industry.
PointsBet Ohio is one of the sportsbooks expected to launch in the state as this company has been making big moves of late. PointsBet is an Australian-based operator, but it has been extremely successful since launching in the US.
PointsBet has a long history of offering some great promotions, and the operator will likely feature the Cleveland Cavaliers in a number of these promotions. Don’t be surprised if PointsBet Ohio is one of the first legal sports betting apps in the state.
DraftKings is one of the biggest names in the sports betting industry, and there will likely be a DraftKings Ohio sportsbook at some point. When DraftKings Ohio is available to apply for a license in Ohio, expect the operator to be approved in a hurry.
DraftKings Ohio will look to the Cleveland Cavaliers to help build up a customer base and bring in plenty of bets. DraftKings has a long and successful history in the US sports betting industry, and the operator has formed several partnerships with professional teams.
FanDuel Ohio will be another sportsbook that will eventually launch in the state, and this operator will become a leader in the industry as well. FanDuel is a leader in several other states throughout the country, and it won’t be hard for that company to duplicate the success in Ohio.
FanDuel Ohio will lean on the Cleveland Cavaliers to help get things rolling in the state of Ohio. Other teams will be featured at FanDuel Ohio, but the Cavaliers will play a major role.
William Hill Ohio
William Hill is one of the biggest bookmakers in the world, and that operator will be looking to break into the Ohio sports betting industry. William Hill has a history of partnering with major sports teams, and a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers could be in the works.
William Hill Ohio is likely to launch in Ohio in the earliest stages of the industry, and it will become a huge player in the industry. William Hill is a well-known name, and it is popular for a reason.
When the Ohio sports betting eventually launches at some point in 2021, look for the Cleveland Cavaliers to help drive the industry. Other professional teams throughout the state will do their part as well, but the Cavaliers will play a huge role.
All four of the sports betting operators listed above will help make the Ohio sports betting industry a major player in the Midwest region of the United States. All that is left is lawmakers agreeing on how to launch the industry and what rules should regulate the industry.
Perhaps the likeliest starter is power forward Kevin Love. If wanted anyone to be called a star on this team, it would be Love. He was clearly their #1 option on offense and averaged a double-double despite missing out on the All Star Game. He’s got the best moves down the post and has the ability to essentially score whenever the team needs. While he’s not the best defender by any means, Love is someone the Cavs need on the court simply for his scoring prowess. It remains to see whether Love remains on the team at season’s end or becomes a trade candidate.
Tristan Thompson is the other remnant of the Cavaliers’ Finals run a few years ago and looks primed to be the opening night starter once again. Though he only played 43 games, Thompson averaged a double-double and remains their most established center. If Cleveland chooses to go with more youth, Larry Nance Jr. could be the play as he averaged 9.4 points and 8.2 rebounds last year. He’ll give the Cavs a much more athletic center who can even be the stretch 4 at times. Lastly, Ante Zizic is another option at center though he’s the least experienced of the bunch. He won’t command a lot of playing time and is by far, the 3rd ranked center on the depth chart.
Jordan Clarkson figures to get most of the playing time at the shooting guard spot though he’s by no means great. While he did average 16.8 points last year, he did that while exclusively coming off the bench. Stepping into the starting role, Clarkson should be able to replicate similar numbers though he remains a largely one dimensional player. Kevin Porter is slated to be #2 on the depth chart though he’s a rookie without any experience. He had decent numbers at USC though doesn’t warrant a starting role until later in the year if at all.
The small forward position will have virtually no competition as Cedi Osman will be the starter once again. He looks to build off a 13 point per game average while also seeing a drop in shooting percentages. He took nearly 8 more shots than his rookie season and saw his field goal rate drop from 48.4% to 42.7%. Point guard will be the position to watch out for with Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Brandon Knight all vying for playing time.
Knight is the most experienced though on a growing team, likely won’t be the first pick for playing time. Sexton received 72 starts at the point guard position in his rookie season and there’s no reason to expect that to change in year 2. He should be more experienced and a better all around player this time around. Rookie Darius Garland will hope to follow in Sexton’s footsteps after being drafted with the #5 overall pick in the draft. If Cleveland hopes to deploy both these players in the starting rotation, Clarkson could find himself as the 6th man instead of starting at the shooting guard position. Garland is a great shooting guard despite seeing his collegiate career cut short by injury and will be one of the top scoring rookies if gets a starting lineup spot.