NFL’s Washington Football Team Goes on the Offense for Sports Betting

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Washington Redskins Player Daniel Snyder

The Washington Redskins have taken matters into their own hands where legal sports betting is concerned, putting together a proactive approach that is targeting a couple of different states.

With both Virginia and Maryland in the running as a place to build the team’s new stadium, Washington’s owner Daniel Snyder is upping the ante by waiting to see which one is going to offer legalized sports betting.

While many sports fans figured it would come down to the size and features of the stadium, it seems a major sticking point for Washington is tied to the sports betting effort of each state. Daniel Snyder has made his intentions clear as he appeals to powerful legislative players in both Virginia and Maryland.

As for what state seems to be in the lead, as it stands, Virginia is showing more movement and interest, so it’s looking like the top contender. With two bills in motion, set to be up for a full chamber vote this week, it’s clear Virginia means business in terms of legalizing sports betting.

It Would Be a Big Move for Either State

Each of the states sees the potential in allowing the Washington Redskins to build a new stadium, the problem is that neither allows legalized sports betting. This is a law that is changing throughout the country, so it was only a matter of time before Virginia and Maryland had to do something about it.

The fact that Snyder is making his appeal and efforts so public is also noteworthy as no other NFL owner has taken the same approach as of yet. This could be the start of a whole new movement though, with Snyder blazing a trail for other team owners to make their own appeals and cases for legal sports betting.

Traditionally, the NFL has been against legal sports betting out of fear that it would affect the “integrity of the game” in a negative way. This makes Snyder’s recent moves all the more noteworthy and bold.

Maryland Is Playing Defense Against Washington

As for Maryland, it hasn’t seen the same progress as Virginia and there are no current bills or legislation in the works or being introduced to allow sports betting. This inaction is despite the Snyder’s appeals and calls for legalization.

In fact, not only has Maryland halted all sports betting progress, some legislators feel that allowing Washington to have a sports betting license would be a tough sell.

Former Senate President Miller (D-Calvert), who is on the sports betting committee, believes that the Ravens would have a better chance than Washington due to recent performances:

“The Redskins are going to be a tough sell, a very, very difficult sell, even under normal circumstances. Even if it made political and economic sense, you add in the performance of the past few seasons and the way the fan base has been treated, it’s a really, really tough sell.”

The NFL and Sports Betting

All of this talk with Washington’s future, can be attributed to the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that has paved a way for sports betting to be legalized across the country.

The NFL certainly seems to be having a hard time figuring out what the balance is and how to take advantage of the sports betting opportunity, while keeping the game authentic. NFL owners want to be sure that the sport as a whole doesn’t end up taking a hit, and frustrating fans by allowing for sports betting.

There are currently over 30 different states across the country that are talking about the prospects of legalized sports betting, how to make it happen, and how to keep fans happy. Maryland and Virginia are two that are in the spotlight right now due to Daniel Snyder’s quest for offering sports betting at his current and future NFL stadium.

Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...

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