- Will Maryland citizens vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in upcoming referendum?
- Who supports the legislation?
While most people are wondering who the future president of the United States will be, undoubtedly some people must also wonder Maryland sports betting will be legalized after the November 3rd Maryland sports betting referendum.
That’s one issue on the upcoming November 3rd ballot, and it will be interesting to see what Maryland residents decide—In September, compared to other areas of the USA with plummeting casino revenue (mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic), the six casinos in Maryland actually had a year-over-year increase and made $143.7 million in gaming revenue, marking a 1% increase from September 2019.
On the ballot, voters will be asked “Do you approve the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland to authorize sports and events betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education?”
Who favors the Maryland sports betting referendum?
According to the Baltimore Sun, Marylanders have place bets in other states like Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, so legalizing and implementing sports betting in the state is simply a move towards putting that revenue back in the state.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan supports the bill, telling CBS Local in Baltimore, “Question 2 provides a critical revenue source for public education without raising taxes on families and businesses,” he said in a statement. “This initiative builds on the very successful ‘Hogan Lockbox,’ which puts casino revenues in a lockbox dedicated to education. We are already funding our K-12 schools at record levels, and this is another way to ensure that is the case for years to come.”
When it comes to other bigwig support, DraftKings has provided more than $200K to the ‘Vote yes’ campaign, in an effort to support sports betting initiatives, while FanDuel has contributed approximately $500,000. Even athletes are supporting the measure, with WNBA star Marissa Coleman appearing in advertisements for the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign.
Marylanders are certainly keen on casino games—We’ll find out on November 4 if they like sports betting as much.
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