Maryland Retail Sportsbook at Fairgrounds to Be Discussed

Maryland Retail Sportsbook at Fairgrounds to Be Discussed
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Maryland sports betting might be on track to get still another retail wagering facility, depending on the results of a vote at tomorrow’s meeting of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. The commission is scheduled to vote on whether to “award” a retail sports betting license for MSF Sports, Inc., a subsidiary of the Maryland State Fair and Agriculture Society, Inc.

Last month, the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Commission found MSF Sports “qualified” for a retail sports betting license.  However, that finding of being “qualified” is passed on to the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), which determines whether the “awarding” of a gambling license to a specific applicant is in the public interest.

Even after the SWARC “awards” a license, an applicant must demonstrate to the Lottery & Gaming Control Commission staff that it is adhering to state regulations and that its operations are running successfully before the license is issued.

Retail Sportsbook Would Partner with DraftKings

It appears that the latest retail sportsbook would be located at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, along with partner DraftKings Maryland, which already operates an online sports book in the state.

There are already 13 retail sports books operating in Maryland. Five of them are in casinos and the rest are in an assortment of facilities, including bars and restaurants, OTBs, and even a bingo hall. 

Along with the 13 retail sports books, the state has 12 companies operating Maryland sports betting apps.



Bill Ordine

Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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