The NFL franchise Washington Commanders will meet with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency tomorrow morning in hopes of being awarded a Maryland sports betting facility license for FedEx Field.

Earlier in the summer, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency investigators met with Commanders owner Daniel Snyder to discuss the franchise’s application and several “issues” revolving around himself and his football team in preparation of this hearing, according to an MLGCA report.

Investigators meet with owner Daniel Snyder

The NFL franchise is not listed as the applicant for the facility license on the agenda. “Maryland Stadium Sub, LLC,” is listed as the applicant, but the LLC’s listed principal address is 1600 Fedex Way, Greater Landover, MD, the same address as FedEx Field, the home of the Commanders.

A report from the MLGCA confirms the applicant is indeed the Washington Commanders. The Washington Commanders were among the original 17 entities designated in the Maryland sports wagering law to conduct retail sports betting.

It also notes that MLGCA investigators interviewed Commanders owner Daniel Snyder by Zoom on June 8, 2022, to discuss the franchise’s sports betting facility license. MLGCA investigators noted no open criminal cases against Snyder or the franchise, but identified “several noteworthy issues involving the Washington Commanders (formerly known as the “Washington Football Team”) and the owner, Mr. Snyder.”

The investigators discussed the issues with Snyder during the June 8 meeting and were “unable to substantiate any of the allegations against Mr. Snyder.”

MLGCA investigators also discussed Snyder’s U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee testimony on July 28, 2022, with his counsel James McCarroll. The investigators discussed Snyder’s testimony in relationship to an ongoing probe into the alleged toxic workplace within the Commanders organization.

According to the  investigators, McCarroll ensured staff that Snyder’s testimony was “consistent with the testimony and information he provided during our investigation and interview with him.” A copy of his testimony will be provided to the MLGCA when it becomes available from the U.S.

Commanders in good standing with MLGCA

The investigation from the MLGCA revealed on Jan. 21, 2021, the Virginia Lottery granted a joint sports betting permit to the Commanders with FanDuel. The investigators noted the Commanders have been in good standing with the Virginia Lottery, which also recently granted Snyder a sports betting principal license on April 24, 2022.

The MLGCA reviewed the evidence from the Commanders’ application and its interview with Snyder and determined “that the Applicant and its principal has established by clear and convincing evidence their qualifications for a Class A1 Sports Wagering Facility License.”

If approved by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission tomorrow morning, the Commanders’ license request would then have to be approved by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC).

If awarded a license, the Commanders will open a sportsbook at FedEx Field.