Maryland unlikely to launch mobile/online sports betting in last quarter of 2022
Despite a push from Governor Larry Hogan, mobile/online sports betting is still months away from going live in Maryland.
It was hoped that sports betting in Maryland would be launched in time for the start of the 2022 NFL and NCAA football seasons. The NFL Ravens open their season with a road game against the New York Jets on September 11, and the Maryland Terrapins begin their campaign in a home game against the Buffalo Bulls on September 3.
As WJZ’s Paul Gessler explained, sports betting is unlikely to go live in Maryland here in 2022. Maryland’s Sports Betting and App Review Board has revealed the requirements for the launch of sports betting in the state, but the number of hurdles make 2023 a more likely launch date.
There is no specific timeline as to when it will launch in The Old Line State, but customers will get a wide variety of betting options via maryland online gambling. Caesars, BetMGM, DraftKings PointsBet and FanDuel are among the major sportsbooks likely to launch in Maryland.
The variety of betting options in Maryland would include parlays, prop bets, point spreads and futures (division winners, awards, champions and more). For example, Ravens fans could place a bet on which team will win the AFC North (+140 favorites at DraftKings), or quarterback Lamar Jackson winning the league MVP (+2000) at FanDuel.
As far as yardage goes, Baltimore is currently a -6.5 favorite against the Jets at FanDuel. So if you place a bet on the Ravens and they cover the spread, you will win the bet.
More than two dozen US states have launched in-person and/or mobile sports betting since the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May 2018. Kansas State is close to launching sports betting, and it is expected to go live in Ohio in early 2023.
Hopefully Maryland Sportsbook will go live in time for Super Bowl 57
As mentioned earlier, it’s unclear when Maryland will officially launch legalized mobile/online sports betting.
Many Maryland sports fans would like to at least have the ability to bet on Super Bowl 57, which takes place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12.
Jim Nielsen, chief operating officer of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, expressed cautious optimism that residents of Maryland will be able to place bets on Super Bowl 57 last week.
“It’s possible that people in Maryland could bet on the Super Bowl on a mobile platform,” Nielsen said, according to Hayes Gardner of The Baltimore Sun. “That’s certainly, I think, everyone’s hope.”
New York State launched legalized sports betting in January, several weeks before the Super Bowl. New Yorker ended up placing $472.1 million on Super Bowl 56 with the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
If sports betting goes live in Maryland before Feb. 12, the Super Bowl alone could be a huge source of revenue for the state — especially if Lamar Jackson and the Ravens end up going all the way to the big ball.
Baltimore Orioles and SuperBook Sports reach partnership agreement
The Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball announcement on August 17, they entered into a partnership with SuperBook Sports.
The bookmaker has been active in Nevada for 36 years. In the press release, it was noted that the partnership is “subject to licensing and approvals by the Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Commission.”
As part of the partnership, Orioles fans will have the opportunity to place bets inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The deal will also see the stadium add a sports lounge, and SuperBook Sports will also put up advertising around the venue.
Several MLB teams have signed partnerships with top sportsbooks since the Supreme Court issued the groundbreaking ruling in 2018.
In April, the New York Mets and Caesars announced a partnership. The Mets’ Crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees, have partnerships with FanDuel and Bally Bet. Remaining in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays have a partnership with theScoreBet. The province of Ontario launched mobile/online sports betting in April.
Major League Baseball has sports betting partnerships with other major sportsbooks such as BetMGM and DraftKings.