Sports betting makes November ballot in Maryland

The question will be on the ballot on US election day.
The question will be on the ballot on US election day.

Voters will be asked whether they support the legalisation of sports betting to raise funds for education.

US.- On November 3, citizens in Maryland will be asked to vote on a law that would legalise sports betting in licensed facilities in the state.

Question number two on the ballot asks voters: “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?”

The issue has been backed by an ad campaign supported by DraftKings and FanDuel.

If the law is approved, it could still be some time before sports betting is launched in the state. A disparity study is first required to decide what efforts should be made to incorporate minority-owned business into the market.

Since the state of Maryland only allows such votes to take place in even-numbered years, if the vote doesn’t go in favour of legal sports betting this year, the state will have to wait until 2022 to hold another referendum.

Efforts to legalise sports betting in Maryland also took place in 2018, but the bill only passed House of Representatives.