Maryland has an abundance of unissued sports wagering licenses that one state delegate says should not be allowed to gather dust.
Currently, there are 12 physical sports book locations. The state also has a dozen mobile sports wagering apps in operation. State regulators say instability in the market and ongoing consolidation mean no more are needed yet.
Even so, some want to see the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission — sometimes called SWARC — continue to accept applications from businesses who still want to enter the industry.
“There’s a lot of dead spots, I guess I would say,” said Del. Jason Buckel (R-Allegany), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “There’s very few on the Eastern Shore. For Montgomery County with 1.1 million people, there’s one in all of Montgomery County. There’s dead spots kind of all over the state.”