The Washington Commanders are attempting to position themselves for a Maryland sports betting facility license.

As first reported by The Daily Record Maryland, the Washington Commanders are scheduled to appear at the Aug. 10 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission meeting as part of a hearing for the franchise to acquire a Maryland sports betting facility license.

The license would likely be used to construct a sportsbook at FedExField

Washington Commanders hoping for Maryland sports betting license

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 FedExField, the home of the Commanders.

Requests for comment from the Washington Commanders and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission were not returned.

The Washington Commanders were among the original 17 entities designated in the Maryland sports wagering law to conduct retail sports betting. If approved by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission, the Commanders’ license request would also have to be approved by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC).

Maryland retail sports betting heating up

Currently, six Maryland retail sports betting locations are live and taking bets. MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Live! Casino in Hanover, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Hollywood Casino in Perryville, and Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin launched sportsbooks at their facilities in December 2021.

Most recently, Bingo World in Brooklyn Park became the first Maryland sportsbook outside of a casino to begin operations. It took its first bet on Monday, Aug. 1, after being awarded a full license by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission.

Additionally, three off-track-betting venues, Long Shot’s in Frederick, Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County, and Greenmount Station in Hampstead, have been found qualified by the MLGCC and awarded licenses by the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission.

All three of these were included in the original 17 entities named in the bill and should launch in the near future.