MLB May Allow Ilitch-Owned Casino To Take Bets On Tigers
MLB is "reworking its rules to allow the Ilitch family to offer a full sports book" at its MotorCity Casino Hotel, including bets on the Tigers, according to Kurt Nagl of CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS. MLB Exec VP/Gaming & New Business Ventures Kenny Gersh said, "Generally, under our policies, if an owner of a team also owns a sports betting operation, that owner wouldn't be able to take bets on that owner's team. We're looking to adapt our policies to see if there's a way that if there is separation between the owner of a club and the operations of a sports book as it relates to baseball, then we may get comfortable with it." Gersh said that under MLB's current rules, the Ilitches "would not be allowed to take bets on Major League games because of a conflict of interest." He said that he "expects a workaround deal between the league and the casino to be reached shortly after the league's owners meet" this week. Gersh said that the arrangement will "likely involve a separation between the Ilitches and revenue from betting on MLB games." Nagl noted a "likely scenario would be MotorCity turning over any baseball betting activities to an independent operator" (CRAINSDETROIT.com, 2/2).