The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission opened the applications for legal sports betting licenses in the 17 locations named in the state’s sports betting law. According to the Maryland Lottery, the online portal has been open since Tuesday.
Applications for the 30 Class B licenses for retail locations and the 60 mobile sports betting licenses are not yet accepted until the regulations governing them will be finalized. The MLGCC will be holding a public hearing on the resolutions on September 22 and will be accepting online public comments until September 26th.
17 Class A Licenses
As per the state’s spots betting legislation, 17 Class A licenses will be issued to 17 entries in the area. Six of those are the six casino properties in Maryland while five will be given to five off-track betting facilities. The state’s three professional sports locations will be allowed one each while two will be awarded to bingo halls and the last one to be shared by the Pilmico Race Course in Baltimore and the Laurel Park Race Track in Laurel. Future NBA, NHL, and MLS teams that will lease a stadium in Maryland will also be allowed to apply for a Class A sports betting license.
In a press release, the MLGCC said that it anticipates that some if not most of the 17 entities with a Class A license will be able to go live with their sports betting activities late this fall or by early winter and that things will be in place by the time the NFL begins its postseason.
Updated Maryland Sports Betting Partnerships
The Baltimore Ravens, which play at the M&T Stadium have announced partnerships with BetMGM, DraftKings, and Caesars. A retail Caesars sportsbook is being planned at their sports venue. The Washington Football Team has partnered with FanDuel while FanDuel will open a retail sportsbook at the Live! Casino and Hotel. PointsBet has partnered with the Riverboat on the Potomac while Penn National Gaming recently bought Hollywood Casino.
Other sportsbook operators in Maryland include Caesars Entertainment which owns Horshoe Casino, MGM which owns MGM National Harbor, Churchill Downs which is the proprietor of Ocean Downs, and Golden Entertainment which is the owner of Rocky Gap Casino.