SWARC Holds Public Comment For Maryland Online Sportsbooks

Written By Giovanni Shorter on September 12, 2022
Maryland Online Sportsbooks

A public comment meeting was held on Friday, Sept. 9 by the Sports Wagering Application and Review Commission (SWARC) to let residents voice their opinions regarding Maryland online sportsbooks. Public comments will be accepted until September 26, giving locals plenty of time to engage with lawmakers regarding regulations.

Governor Hogan Urged SWARC To Hurry Up

The public comment phase shows that Maryland online sports betting is making progress towards an eventual launch. SWARC has been criticized publicly by impatient locals as well as by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. due to how slow the process has been.

“I write to you today to urge the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission to act immediately so that mobile sports wagering can begin in the State of Maryland before the start of the National Football League (NFL) regular season on September 8, 2022,” wrote Hogan. “To make that target date achievable, it is imperative that you immediately accelerate and intensify your efforts.”

Sports betting was legalized in Maryland in April 2021 yet Maryland online sportsbooks have yet to go live. SWARC members have stated that the slow process is due to the commission looking to perfect the regulations and make sure every detail is carefully reviewed.

The public comments show that the regulations are close to being finalized, which is a good sign for Marylanders eager to bet on their mobile devices. Locals can access the public comments here. Residents are able to review the set regulations, discuss their opinions, and have their feedback reviewed by commission members.

There are a few popular online operators who already host retail sportsbooks in Maryland. These operators will likely also launch mobile sportsbooks once SWARC finalizes the regulations and begin approving licenses.

Commercial Sportsbooks In Maryland (Potential Online)

  • Barstool Sports
  • Betfred
  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet

Maryland could also potentially see local teams offer mobile betting similar to Arizona and Ohio. The Washington Commanders, whose stadium is located in Maryland, applied for a sports betting license.

The Baltimore Ravens also have a partnership with Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Horseshoe hosts a retail Caesars Sportsbook that could see the Ravens’ partner for a Maryland online sportsbook.

While there is no definitive answer for which sportsbook will actually go live in Maryland, there are several sports betting entities that already have a foothold in the Old Line State.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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