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Two more US states move forward with sports betting

14 April 2021

Arizona's SB 1797 was passed on Monday and now heading for the signature of Governor Doug Ducey who has previously expressed support for the bill. Maryland has also seen HB 940 receive approval from the Senate and is on its way Governor Larry Hogan's desk for signature.

Arizona's bill will legalize online sports betting and award up to 10 licenses for land-based sports betting locations. In addition, another 10 licenses could be given out to tribes that could be for opening new casinos and sportsbooks. Some of these new sportsbook locations are rumored to be at Chase Field where the Diamondbacks play and at Phoenix Suns Arena. These professional teams have the chance to team up with operators in order to open the books inside the arenas and stadiums. The goal is to have licenses begin being issued in the next couple of months after the Governor's signature so sports betting can be up in running in Arizona before the 2021 NFL season.

The legislation in Maryland, which is hopeful to come into effect this fall, allows for an unlimited number of digital and in-person betting licenses in five categories. Operators who hold Class A and Class B licenses in Maryland will have the chance to apply for mobile sports betting licenses as well. Similar to Arizona, Maryland will be allowing sportsbooks at the professional teams' arenas and stadiums.

Gov. Larry Hogan told WBOC TV while he hadn't seen the bill, "I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to act on that one pretty quick.”

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