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Sports activities betting might be out there in Maryland by finish of NFL season

Maryland residents could possibly wager on their favourite crew earlier than the NFL season ends, in response to Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Management Fee (MLGCC) introduced this week that the web licensing portal for the 17 firms authorised to supply sports activities betting is open. The Sports activities Wagering Software Evaluate Fee agreed final month to let the teams proceed with their licensing.

Maryland voters authorised sports activities wagering in November 2020. Lawmakers handed a invoice in April giving Maryland Lottery and Gaming the go-ahead to develop. Gov. Larry Hogan signed that invoice into regulation on Could 18.

The MLGCC is holding a public listening to on proposed laws on Sept. 22 and can also be accepting feedback on-line till Sept. 27.

Functions can’t be accepted for the 30 Class B licenses for brick-and-mortar places and as many as 60 licenses that shall be awarded to cellular sports activities wagering licensees till these laws are finalized, in response to the MLGCC.

A part of the cash raised will go towards the newly established Small, Minority-Owned, and Ladies-Owned Enterprise Sports activities Wagering Help Fund with different funds going to public training.

The Class A licenses have been awarded to 17 entities, in response to the MLGCC.

They embrace Maryland’s six casinos, 5 off-track betting services, the state’s three skilled sports activities places, two bingo halls: and a license that may be shared with Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and Laurel Park Race Observe in Laurel.

The Baltimore Ravens signed a five-year cope with Caesars Leisure to supply sports activities wagering at M&T Financial institution Stadium, the crew introduced final week.

The MLGCC is hoping to have every part in place as quickly as attainable, Martin mentioned in a information launch.

“We anticipate that a number of the 17 specified places could possibly begin taking sports activities wagers late this fall or early this winter, in time for the NFL playoffs,” Martin mentioned.



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