The Maryland sports betting process has slowed to a crawl, with no clear end in sight. Last week the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission postponed its scheduled third meeting where it was set on potentially approving three retail licenses for internet casinos based off of what industry sources are reporting about this mess that is happening within state government and how slow things have gotten since online bookmakers cannot launch until next year at least (that’s if everything goes smoothly). However there were some good news; an LSR source informed us today saying “this might not be as bad after all.”
Maryland’s new sports betting law has been delayed for an undetermined amount of time. The Director, John Martin told Fox 5 DC that he expects late fall 2021 as the launch date but online sportsbooks could be up to 12 months away from launching following passage in April 2020 with current legislation pending before Governor Larry Hogan who vetoed previous attempts at legalizing it within his state due to morality reasons among other things including gambling addiction.
On September 21st, the SWARC commission discussed a possible new disparity review study in an open session. They approved it unanimously and voted quickly after its closed-door meeting to get this project started! I reached out unsuccessfully for comment from Brandt on whether he plans any additional outreach or public meetings about what happened last week–the next one isn’t scheduled until October 14th when we’ll see how things go because there was some hesitation among members over scheduling yet another monthly gathering around these types of issues.
The commission is working on how to award up to 30 Class B licenses and 60 mobile licenses in Maryland.
Legislation requires them, with preference given for minority-owned businesses or women who would like their own business but cannot afford it; many applicants are either uninterested in this license because they don’t know what the requirements really entail (requirements include showing financial stability) or feel discouraged by past events where other groups were not considered when licensing agreements were reached between parties involved – such as large telecom providers taking over smaller carriers despite previous promises that there wouldn’t be any discrimination based upon race/ethnicity when issuing these types of contracts…
Maryland Governor encouraging speedy process
Gov. Larry Hogan recently urged residents to contact SWARC members after a resident chided him during the public comment period for Maryland’s sports betting regulations, which were just announced last week following months of delay in implementation over regulatory concerns.
The three Maryland sportsbooks near finish line At last week’s meeting, the SWARC could have awarded licenses to retail casinos. That step would clear the way for those establishments that already hold MD gaming licenses: Horseshoe Casino (Caesars Sportsbook), Live! Casino & Hotel (FanDuel Sportsbook) and MGM National Harbor BetMGM). There are 17 establishments named in legislation to receive a RLIC license but only these three caught our attention because they are within proximity of where we live… Three potential betting options coming soon!?
New meeting this week
The MLGCC will meet on October 21 and hear updates from Martin as well other agency representatives. The commission also holds qualification hearings for two more casinos named in legislation: Ocean Downs Casino, Hollywood Casinos !!!
Maryland regulators are taking heat for the delay in launching sports betting. Hogan signed legislation that would have allowed it last May, but now residents can’t wait until September because of issues with getting licenses and other software updates from Baltmore Racing Commission (BRC). Governor Martin told Fox 5 DC those delays aren’t their fault-they’re just trying to make sure everything goes smoothly before opening up shop on game day morning at Bowie State University’s athletics complex later this month.”
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