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Maryland Governor Calls For Fast-Tracking Sports Betting

State's Top Official Wants Online Books Head Of NFL Season

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The state of Maryland still hasn’t kicked off online sports betting despite legalizing the activity over a year ago. Now, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is trying to speed things along.

On Tuesday, Hogan, a Republican, issued a letter urging the state’s gambling regulators to speed up the process. The upcoming football season is approaching, and Maryland doesn’t appear to be in line to launch ahead of college and professional football.

The summer is considered the slow season for the sports betting industry, with the bulk of betting activity coming in the late summer and fall.

“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,” Hogan said in the letter. “To make that target date achievable, it is imperative that you immediately accelerate and intensify your efforts.”

Maryland retail sportsbooks have generated more than $155 million in handle since they opened in December. There are five sportsbooks at brick-and-mortar casinos in the state.

States with both retail and online betting have seen around 90% of bets placed online, so Maryland’s market is much smaller than it would be with online wagering.

Maryland’s sportsbooks have so far won about $20 million from bettors.

The state has collected about $2.7 million in taxes off that revenue.