Frustrated by delays, Maryland governor calls on commission to approve mobile sports betting by start of NFL season

Frustrated by delays, Maryland governor calls on commission to approve mobile sports betting by start of NFL season

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June 16, 2022 12:30 AM

Blaming what he called “endless bureaucratic roadblocks,” Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday called on a state committee to have mobile sports wagering in place by the start of the NFL regular season in September.

In a letter to the Sports Wagering and Application Review Commission (SWARC), the legislative panel providing final approval for licenses in the state, Hogan said Marylanders have grown frustrated seeing mobile betting launch in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. but not their state.

“Instead of decisive action to implement the voters’ decision, you have allowed the process to stagnate and become mired in overly bureaucratic procedures that have needlessly delayed the state’s ability to maximize the revenue potential of this emerging industry,” he wrote.