Legalized Sports Betting Being Promoted for Maryland

By Len Lazarick

Sports betting is the latest frontier for the expansion of legalized gambling in Maryland, panelists at the Maryland Live! casino Thursday made clear.

It is crucial to “get the federal government out of the way” of sports gambling, said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, which sponsored the event touting the industry’s contribution to local jobs and nonprofits.

Tens to hundreds of millions of dollar are currently being wagered on sporting events in Maryland, and “all of it is being doing illegally,” Freeman said, since Congress banned the practice in 1992. “The demand has never been greater.”