Snyder Wants Legalized Gambling As Part Of Future Redskins Stadium
Redskins Owner Dan Snyder has urged Maryland legislative leaders to "allow gambling at a future Redskins stadium in the state," according to Wiggins & Cox of the WASHINGTON POST. Snyder yesterday "pushed for a potential stadium he would build to get a license if Maryland legalizes betting on professional sports teams and contests." Sources said that in one meeting, Snyder "conditioned keeping the team in Maryland on the ability to offer sports betting at a new stadium." Sources also said that they "understood Snyder to be suggesting he would rebuild" at the current FedExField location. Wiggins & Cox note the visit to Annapolis "suggests Maryland is still in the running for the next Redskins stadium, a possibility that seemed remote after land-swap negotiations with Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration fell apart." Any gambling expansion in Maryland "would require a constitutional referendum, which could be placed on the November ballot." Although several professional sports facilities in DC have been "approved for sports betting, Snyder is the first team owner to approach Maryland legislative leaders about a sports betting license." Lawmakers said that Snyder "described sports betting as part of an overall plan to build a domed stadium that could include hotels, offices and training facilities" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/22).