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Daniel Snyder and MD lawmakers discuss allowing sports betting at a future Redskins stadium

Sports betting is not yet legal in Maryland, but lawmakers are considering legislation this session to allow it.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has met with Maryland lawmakers to discuss allowing sports betting at a new stadium in the state. 

Sen. Guy Guzzone told reporters Wednesday that Snyder asked to be included in the sports betting realm. 

Snyder met with state lawmakers Tuesday in Annapolis. The Redskins currently play in Landover, Maryland, in the suburbs of the nation's capital. 

Talks have been ongoing with Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia on a new stadium to replace FedEx Field when its lease expires in 2027. 

Sports betting is not yet legal in Maryland, but lawmakers are considering legislation this session to allow it.

The Bradley Act, which made sports gambling and betting illegal in 1992, was overturned by the Supreme Court in May 2018. This has caused many states, along with the District of Columbia, to look at how it can legalize sports gambling at the state level. 

D.C. was quick to legalize the opportunity to bet money on professional sports teams and other contests. By December 2019, D.C. Council passed legislation to legalize sports betting in the District with wide support. 

Just like Maryland, Virginia also has legislation that it is looking at to allow sports gambling in the Commonwealth. 

A bill pre-filed by Republican Delegate Barry D. Knight looks to open sports betting and casino gambling to Virginia in 2020. It would be the next step after Senate Bill 1126 commissioned a study to look into states that already have gaming laws. The study also allowed for Virginia legislators to look into the fiscal and social impacts these laws could make. 

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