Maryland is one of three states that will vote on whether or not to allow sports betting in the 2020 election.
None of the voices in Louisiana, Maryland or South Dakota however, will lead to the launch of sports betting in the near future. The votes in all three states are simple yes or no votes that require further action from any legislature if sports betting is approved.
Here’s what we know about voting to approve or disapprove sports betting in Maryland:
What is the voting question for sports betting in Maryland?
Maryland appeals to voters by focusing on how sports betting is helping the state’s children:
“Do you prefer expanding commercial gambling in the state of Maryland to authorize sports and event betting, primarily to generate income for education?”
Voters should already be familiar with the subject. Both DraftKings Sports Betting and FanDuel Sports Betting they financed “Vote yes to question 2” Campaign since summer.
When would MD legal sports betting be available?
The implementation of legal sports betting would still take some time.
Since the referendum does not set details for sports betting, it will continue to require laws to implement rules for sports betting. That means Maryland could do without legal sports betting until the next NFL season.
What these rules might look like depends on who you ask. Some think Maryland’s lawmakers could start over with sports betting. Sen. Craig Sugar, whose sports betting bill was eventually stripped to put the question on the ballot, thinks his suggestion is a good place to start.
What are the current legal betting options in Maryland?
If Maryland does not legalize sports betting, its residents will continue to wager on both legal and illegal markets. The state will simply lose all tax opportunities.
At this point, every jurisdiction bordering Maryland has legalized sports betting:
- Washington, DC
- West Virginia
All are live, with the exception of the VA Sportsbook, which are launched in January 2021.
Zucker pointed out what a downtown Maryland is like Silver feather You can walk a block away and place a legal bet using GambetDC’s DC mobile sports betting app. It’s not just about the lack of tax dollars, it’s also about the loss of convenience for Marylanders, he added.
Would mobile sports betting be legalized?
Yes, MD mobile sports betting will most likely be legalized.
Zucker’s suggestion would have allowed it Casinos and Racetracks to offer both retail and online sports betting. Many mobile sports betting already have access to the state, either through market access agreements or through casino ownership. Hence, mobile betting is far more likely to be legalized.
Without a cell phone, lawmakers will put their casinos at a major disadvantage for competition in neighboring jurisdictions. Delaware is the only border state with no mobile betting, although the law allows it.
What are the chances that the referendum will be passed?
There are several reasons the referendum is likely to pass.
Recent local media polls suggest the majority of Marylanders are in favor of legalizing sports betting.
Of course, the state’s casino operators are behind the idea of generating more revenue, be it through sports betting themselves or through cross-selling to restaurants and table games.
There is another entity that is even bigger than the interested casinos: the Washington soccer team. The WFT that plays its games in Landover, MD at the FedEx Fieldshowed interest in having his own sports betting license.
A sports betting license would be available to the team when they moved to Virginia. His lease with FedEx Field is up in 2027 So there are several reasons Maryland lawmakers are incentivized to keep the owner Dan Snyder happy.