The Washington Commanders and FedEx Field were licensed sportsbook in Maryland. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Another win for gamblers
The Washington Commanders are ready to enter the world of sports betting after receiving a license for their home FedEx Field.
ESPN gaming channelist David Payne Purdum reported Wednesday that the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Commission had forced Washington into legal action.
This morning, the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Commission awarded the Washington Commanders a sports betting license. The commanders plan to place a sportsbook at FedEx Field.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 17, 2022
The Commanders will now be able to provide high stakes extravaganzas for fans even before the ball pops.
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Fans are allowed to bet on or against the home team as soon as the sportsbook opens, according to Purdum. You might think there will be more bets against them than before, as Washington has finished below .500 in five consecutive seasons.
it won’t be ready for the season opener on September 8th
However, despite Maryland’s recent license assignment, the future of online sports gambling remains murky. Governor Larry Hogan has done his best to resolve the matter before the NFL season kicks off, but it appears that gamblers will have to wait until 2023 to see legal changes. The best case scenario is that the online market will kick off towards the end of the year as it will not be ready by the season opener on September 8th.
According to iGaming NEXT, sports betting contributor Ryan Butler, the upcoming Super Bowl appears to be the target date.
We now officially know that the Maryland online sports betting launch will not take place by the 2022 NFL season opener; state regulators said today they are trying to get mobile sportsbooks live before this coming season’s Super Bowl
— Ryan Butler (@ButlerBets) August 17, 2022
History and projections
Washington’s entry into the world of sports gambling follows the precedent set by other local teams. DC United recently became the first MLS team to open a sportsbook at the stadium with the help of FanDuel.
The ball has been rolling since a 2018 Supreme Court decision overturned PASPA, allowing states to make their own decisions about legalizing sports betting. Now yet another professional team is bridging the gap between sports and entertainment.
According to the Washington Post, the NFL went into 2021 with the expectation of generating $270 million in revenue from gambling and deals. The league also expects a total worth of more than $1 billion by the end of the decade.
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