SWARC Requires A Diversity Plan For All Maryland Mobile Sports Betting Applicants

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission has added an addendum that will require approved Maryland sports wagering license applicants to submit a Diversity Plan. 

Each licensee for Maryland online sports betting apps will have to submit their Diversity Plan to SWARC within 30 days of receiving their sports wagering license. 

Once the Diversity Plan is submitted SWARC will review it to ensure it hits all of the requirements needed. If the plan does not meet requirements they will have 30 days to revise it. 

The outline also says that each applicant must agree to “make a good faith effort to meet the diversity objectives outlined in its Diversity Plan.” It’s also expected that they report diversity metrics that could be available to the public as well as the Diversity Plan as a whole. 

According to SWARC, diversity includes but is not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, and veteran status. 

Diversity Plan Requirements

The updated addendum lists six requirements that each Plan must meet. The first on that list is to have a plan to obtain a diverse group of owners, employees, investors, and contractors. 

They must also have methods for tracking their achievements of the diversity objectives, diversity-related outreach and events, and proposed timelines. 

Mobile Sports Betting License Application Open

In addition to announcing the Diversity Plan addendum, SWARC also opened the application process for online sports betting licenses in Maryland. 

The application process is one of the final hurdles that must be crossed in order to launch online sports betting in Maryland. 

Each business and individual will have up to 45 days to submit their applications. SWARC can award a total of 60 mobile sports betting licenses and 30 Class B facility licenses. 

After the application window closes on Oct. 21, it could still take SWARC over a month to review all the applications. 

Every potential licensee must also undergo background checks through Maryland Lottery and Gaming. Applicants must be approved through MLG before SWARC can issue any licenses.

If all goes as planned the targeted launch date for mobile sports betting is now the 2023 Super Bowl. 

More Retail Licenses Awarded

While the long wait for mobile sports betting continues, bettors in Maryland have plenty of retail sportsbook options available and that list will soon be growing. 

DraftKings and Fanatics recently received a Retail Sports Betting License while Chesapeake Gaming LLC and Maryland Stadium Sub LLC both received retail sports betting facility licenses. 

The DraftKings sportsbook will be located at Timonium Racetrack when it opens but there is no opening date set. Chesapeake Gaming LLC is planning to open at its off-track betting venue located in Boonsboro. 

Maryland Stadium Sub LLC is owned by Dan Snyder of the Washington Commanders and they are looking to bring a retail sportsbook to FedEx Field. 

When sports betting launched in Maryland MLG designated 17 potential facilities for retail sportsbooks. With Chesapeake Gaming LLC and Maryland Stadium Sub both being awarded facility licenses it brings the total of licenses awarded to 11 of those. 

About the Author

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.