Maryland governor continues push for launch of sports betting
By Bob Garcia
The governor lobbied state residents to pressure a committee approving sportsbook licenses
It appears that Maryland’s governor does not intend to stand idly by when it comes to in-person sports betting. The official’s push comes sometime after the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission took action to begin licensing three state casinos for in-person sports betting.
Governor Larry Hogan is looking for the market to open its doors as soon as possible. He has been urging residents to push for the launch of in-person sports betting, especially at an ideal time when the NFL season is underway. Through his official Twitter account, Hogan asked residents of the Old Line State to urgently send an email to the Sports Wagering Applications Review Commission (SWARC) so that football season betting can be allowed as soon as possible.
The state’s sports betting law was signed by Hogan more than five months ago, which resulted in online and in-person sports betting being officially legalized. However, since that pen was used, progress has been a bit slow, and the in-person sports betting market has yet to present a concrete date as to when its doors will open.
John Martin, Maryland’s director of gaming and lotteries, said a few days ago that he expects the state to begin accepting in-person sports bets in late fall, but casinos cannot begin this business without first having a license to open their sportsbooks to the public. On the other hand, state representatives have also failed to establish a timeline for online sports betting. With the NFL season close to approaching its halfway point, Maryland is missing out on a substantial revenue stream.