Washington Commanders Get Ball Rolling On Stadium Sportsbook

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on August 28, 2022
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The Washington Commanders have completed their rebranding this offseason, but that’s not the only big change potentially coming to the longtime NFL franchise. Soon enough, fans may have the options to place sports bets in FedEx Field, the Commanders’ home stadium.

As part of the ongoing rollout of Maryland sports betting, the Commanders applied for the right to build a retail sportsbook in their stadium. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved the team’s application, completing the team’s first step toward hosting a sportsbook.

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Washington Commanders Part Of Maryland Betting Market?

Maryland sports betting laws allow for three of its Class A licenses to go to professional sports teams. As FedEx Field is physically located on the Maryland side of the greater D.C. area, it is subject to Maryland betting laws. The Ravens and Orioles, the other two Maryland-based major pro teams, may follow the Commanders’ lead and also build sportsbooks.

In any case, the next step for the Commanders will be gaining approval from the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. If that happens, PlayVA called the sportsbook “a done deal.”

Stadium sportsbooks are a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S., even factoring in that widely legal sports betting only became a thing starting in 2018. Teams like the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Cubs have built or are building sportsbooks, but local regulations don’t always allow it.

As for when the Commanders might have their sportsbook up and operational, that’s not clear at the current time. If it develops at anything like the pace of the rest of the Maryland betting market, however, we know it will take awhile.

Maryland passed sports betting legislation back in May 2021 but has yet to allow a mobile app to launch. That after an announced intention to launch prior to the 2021 NFL season. Current estimates have Super Bowl 57 as the earliest target date.

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As for who might operate the Washington Commander’s sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook appears to be the favorite. They inked a multi-year “market access” deal with Washington shortly before the legislation passed in 2021.

Commanders Betting Markets For 2022 NFL Season

Fans looking to find the best prices on Washington Commanders bets for the 2022 NFL should use the table below. Also, be sure to check out the Commanders landing page here at TheLines for more info, as well as our weekly NFL odds board to find best prices on Washington and any other NFL team.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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