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Washington Commanders Bid for Maryland Sports Betting License

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Rob Carr/Getty Images. Pictured: FedExField, Home of the Washington Football Team in the District of Columbia.

The Washington Commanders are angling for their own in-stadium sportsbook.

An applicant listed under FedEx Field’s address is slated to appear Aug. 10 at a Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission hearing for in-person sports betting licenses.

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Maryland legalized in-person and online sports betting in 2020. While the state has dragged its feet on launching online betting, in-person betting started in December 2021 and six locations are live with retail sportsbooks. 

In-stadium NFL sportsbooks have become increasingly popular ventures in recent years, further signifying the consummation of legal betting and professional sports.

BetMGM is partnering with the Arizona Cardinals to open a sportsbook at State Farm Stadium sometime during the Fall, while the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are required by Ohio law to open their own sportsbooks if they’re to offer online gaming.

The Washington Commanders were designated a Class A-1 retail license under Maryland’s betting law, which sets licenses aide for the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles as well.

Each still needs to meet certain qualifications and meet with the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission before receiving licenses, which next convenes Aug. 24.

Acquiring a license would also allow each team to partner with a commercial sports betting operator to offer online betting.

The Commanders have not yet announced who they’ll let use their license, but the team currently has a partnership in place with FanDuel.

Team officials could not be reached for comment.

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