Maryland Sports Betting Launch Targeted for Super Bowl

Maryland sports bettors will have to wait even longer for the launch of mobile sports betting in the state. 

During the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, it was announced that the new launch target is the 2023 Super Bowl. 

It’s a frustrating update for Maryland sports bettors anxiously awaiting the launch of Maryland betting. Earlier this year the hope was that it would be available in the fall just in time for the start of the NFL season but that won’t be the case. In addition to the public disappointment, the state is losing more and more money the longer the delay for online sports betting takes. 

Maryland Lottery & Gaming official Jim Nielsen revealed that it’s possible that mobile sports betting could launch in time for the 2023 Super Bowl but that the organization can’t completely commit to that date yet with many unknowns still in question. 

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Next Steps for Maryland Online Sports Betting Launch

SWARC Chairman Thomas Brandt discussed two of the final steps that must be completed before SWARC’s application process can proceed. 

The first is that the Maryland Legislator’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review must vote to approve SWARC’s emergency regulations. The committee hopes that the vote will take place in the coming days with the approval coming soon. 

Brandt also said that the committee believes the non-emergency regulations will be published in the Aug. 26 edition of the Maryland Register. If that is the case it will begin a 30-day comment period for the public. 

The second is that SWARC must receive the sports wagering industry analysis and the Maryland Attorney General must conduct the necessary legal review. 

Once both of these steps are completed then they can work towards opening up the application process for the competitive sports wagering licenses. 

After the application process begins applicants for mobile and competitive retail sports betting licenses will have 45 days to turn their applications in. That was a timeline agreed on today by the committee. 

Even after the applications are released the timeline for the application process could take a few months. 

Another aspect that SWARC has yet to agree on is if they will take applications on a rolling basis or wait and review all applications on the same day once they have all been put in. 

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Two More Licenses Awarded

Also during today’s meeting, SWARC voted to approve and award retail sports betting facility licenses to Chesapeake Gaming LLC and Maryland Stadium Sub LLC

Maryland Stadium Sub LLC is the name that Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders have applied under as they are looking to bring a retail sportsbook to FedEx Field. 

It’s not confirmed which sportsbook would partner with the Commanders, but the Washington Business Journal reported that Fanatics seems like the likely choice. In June, Fanatics received Maryland’s eighth retail sportsbook license, but it has not opened a physical location yet. 

If a retail sportsbook does open at FedEx Field it will be the first inside a stadium in the state of Maryland. 

The next SWARC meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. ET, but if a special meeting is needed before then they have the ability to meet sooner. 

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Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.