Maryland officials vote to expedite licensing process for mobile sports betting operators

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If you spoke to Maryland Lottery officials a few months ago, they were hoping mobile betting would be available in the state by the Super Bowl in February.

After a vote by the Sports Betting Applications Review Commission, SWARC, on Thursday, it could be closer to late November or early December.

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“There’s going to be a lot of activity, where we have to be prepared to act responsibly but quickly,” SWARC chairman Tom Brandt told a meeting.

We are currently in the middle of a 45-day application period, during which potential mobile and brick-and-mortar carriers submit documents to be considered for licensing.

This window ends on October 21.

Before Thursday, another 45-day window was to begin, where SWARC would evaluate these applications and grant licenses at the end of this period.

Thursday’s unanimous vote would allow licenses to be approved and distributed on a rolling basis instead of waiting and granting them all at once after 45 days.

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Ryan Butler is a reporter at iGamingNext and covers the sports betting landscape across the country.

“I think that, well, of all the different moving parts that have to be met for sports betting to take place. It’s moved the gears a little faster now and that’s why I think we’re getting closer to that November-December calendar instead of January-February-March maybe,” Butler said.

The approval process for mobile approval versus brick and mortar is slightly different, but since some of the brick and mortar operators already in place are applying for mobile licenses, this can speed up the process.

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“They kind of went through the regulatory process in person, which again is different than online. But the fact that they did, it gives regulators more familiarity with the business. , and that allows the company to get more familiar with regulators,” Butler said.

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