Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Releases Letter Calling for SWARC Action MD Mobile Sports Betting Not Expected to Launch Until at Least 2023 Retail Sports Betting Handle in Maryland was $26.9 Million in April
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Issues a Letter Requesting SWARC Action
Sports betting in Maryland is legal. However, residents cannot place mobile bets in person. This is a problem that Governor Larry Hogan expressed in his letter last week.
With frustration strewn across his face, Governor. Hogan called out state lawmakers for dragging their heels on creating a mobile version of that market, saying:
Sports fans in Maryland simply want to be able to place bets on their mobile devices–that’s what they voted for … Our state and Its citizens deserve clear and definitive action … not endless bureaucratic roadblocks that continue to hold back progress.
It’s mainly a call to action directed toward the so-called SWARC – the Sports Wagering and Application Review Commission – the main body responsible for forwarding whatever legislative action is required to set up online access to the legal sports betting market already in play there.
Gov. Hogan minces no words as he holds the SWARC and its sluggish lawmakers accountable, saying:
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.
As a result of these delays, the mobile launch date in Maryland will most likely not happen before at least the start of next year.
MD Mobile Sports Betting Not Expected to Launch Until at Least 2023
Part of Gov. Hogan sent a recent letter to SWARC to demand that they take responsibility for failing to launch a mobile section of their sports betting market. It also included some important steps that Hogan feels are necessary to be taken to make things move.
Hogan wants a clear timeline to allow mobile betting. He also recommends that the SWARC use the same speedy approach for mobile licensing as for retail.
Hogan also praises the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, and expresses his hope that SWARC will do the same.
The longer it takes, the more expensive it becomes.
Retail Sports Betting Handle in Maryland was $26.9 Million in April
States who have legalized both retail and mobile sports betting options have found that the online version generates the most handle and revenue, a financial imbalance that Governor Hogan and other Maryland lawmakers in favor of online sports betting are quick to point out.
The retail sports betting market in Maryland reportedly generated a handle of $26.9 million in April alone, and if a mobile market had also been in place during that month, that bet total would most likely be more that double that figure, the result of gamblers preferring their couches.
Whether or not the SWARC pays attention to the Governor and overcomes any obstacles that may be preventing that from happening will come out in the coming days. Keep checking back for the most recent news on the story.