- The Baltimore Ravens and DraftKings Sportsbook are now partners for sports betting in Maryland.
- Maryland expects to go live with its sports gaming industry sometime this Fall.
- DraftKings will have a sportsbook inside M&T Bank Stadium and also a mobile platform.
BALTIMORE – Maryland has a regulated sports betting market that has yet to go live but that hasn’t stopped DraftKings from getting a jump on entering the industry by partnering with the Baltimore Ravens. The sports gaming conglomerate announced this new development on Wednesday. They are now the official sportsbook for the Baltimore Ravens as well as being their DFS partner.
Regulated sports betting in Maryland still has a few steps before the industry can launch to the public. The final rules and regulations have yet to be made permanent, which has led to delays. Lawmakers and sports bettors we looking to have local sportsbooks by the time the 2021-2022 NFL season rolled around but that is no longer feasible.
The Ravens Without A Sportsbook? Nevermore
Maryland sports gaming will now have a DraftKings platform whenever the market opens to the public. Rules and regulations are undergoing a 30 – day comment and opinion window for residents to have their say before the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC) finalizes the rules for the industry which will then be published in the Maryland Register.
“With the start of the 2021 NFL season upon us, our latest designation with the Baltimore Ravens further exemplifies our commitment to fan engagement by way of the DraftKings experience,” said Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings’ Chief Business Officer. “The newly penned relationship offers something for every kind of sports fan and will allow them to engage with DraftKings’ digital content, free-to-play product, daily fantasy sports and, perhaps soon, sports betting, to ultimately bring them closer to the action alongside one of the top teams from the AFC North.”
Retail sportsbooks could go live during the NFL season which means that the Ravens could have their DraftKings Sportsbook at M&T Bank Stadium launching for this season’s games and all of the great NFL betting there is to be had by fans. This is the second sports gaming partnering for Baltimore as they made BetMGM a partner for the franchise in May. But it will be DraftKings that will be the sportsbook inside the stadium.
First Land-Based And Then Mobile
Retail sportsbooks like that of the stadium should go live first while the MLGCC sorts through the applications for the 60 mobile licenses that are available. DraftKings will no doubt be one of the companies to receive a mobile license that will have their platform used statewide. However, with their partnership with the Ravens, they will also be able to have unique promotions and other Baltimore NFL-related offerings to rev up fan engagement.
“This partnership reflects our continued commitment to delivering unique engagement experiences for our fans,” said Kevin Rochlitz, Ravens chief sales officer. “We’re proud to collaborate with an industry leader in DraftKings, and we look forward to seeing the innovative ways in which we’ll better connect with the Ravens fans across our many platforms.”
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.