Perhaps lost in the flurry of activity at last week’s meeting of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Washington commanders proved qualified for a Maryland Online Sports Betting license and may have a potential partnership aligned with a new online sports betting operator.
Although a partnership has yet to be officially announced by commanders in Washington, the Washington Business Journal reported in June that the NFL franchise had probably tabulated the Fanatics as a retail and online sports betting partner.
Online sports betting plans for commanders
At last Friday’s meeting of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA), the agency discovered that Commanders to qualify for an online sports betting license. Of the qualified applicants, Commanders was the only organization not to publicly list an online sports betting operator partner.
However, according to the Washington Business Journal report (and in a summary published speak Sports Business Journal), work forms pulled in Prince George’s County over the summer mention a “Fanatics Sportsbook at FedEx Field” and the phrase appeared on “several contractor listings”, suggesting that the Fanatics will be the official sports betting partner of the NFL franchise.
Nothing has been confirmed by Washington commanders and a team representative said Saturday tradition that there is no update on the franchise’s sports betting plans.
Add to the plot? The MLGCA found that the Fanatics qualified for an online sports betting operator license at the same meeting, but the Fanatics app was also the only online sports betting operator app that did not include a listed partner.
More information on the potential partnership could be revealed at the next SWARC meeting on November 21, where the commission will begin approving online sports betting licenses for sports betting operators.
If the licenses are awarded at the Nov. 21 meeting, that sets up a potential launch of online sports betting in Maryland for late November or early December.
Once licenses are granted by SWARC, operators must then complete regulatory testing requirements and a successful controlled demonstration for Maryland Lottery and Gaming before they can receive the license and begin online sports betting in the state.
Retail sports betting on the way to the franchise
In addition to online sports betting, Commanders are set to launch their retail sports betting operation “in the near future,” according to a statement from Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
Commanders are currently completing construction of facilities for a retail sports betting site at FedEx Field or somewhere on the stadium grounds. The Commanders’ initial application for a Maryland Sportsbook Establishment License was approved by the MLGCA in August. He then received final approval from SWARC and mentioned that a bookmaker was in the works for FedEx Field.
While the NFL has shifted to sports betting in recent years, it has strict regulations for sports betting in stadiums. If a stadium has a bookmaker on its premises, it cannot accept bets during home matches. The Arizona Cardinals recently found a way around this restriction by building a standalone sports betting site on the team’s stadium property. but not in its structure.
It is unclear if this is the course of action that commanders will take.
Commanders owner Daniel Snyder spoke at the August hearing and said the license would be another improvement for FedEx Field.
FedEx Field has been “significantly improved” ahead of this season, Snyder said during a brief comment during the bid hearing, and he expects strong attendance for the year. He did not directly address potential plans for a retail sportsbook at the stadium during the August hearing.
The Washington Commanders were among 17 entities originally designated in Maryland’s sports betting law to conduct retail sports betting.