After months of speculation, it’s official: The NFL’s Washington Commanders have partnered with Fanatics Sportsbook. The partnership was announced at the Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) meeting on Wednesday.
The biggest item on the agenda for that meeting was the reveal that Maryland sports betting apps would likely launch on Nov. 23, which was formally confirmed on Thursday.
But the Redskins-Fanatics partnership was among the next major developments. The new report will likely launch under a new name of “BetFanatics,” but it shouldn’t be ready to go live next week.
The team’s relationship with the Fanatics had been the subject of speculation since the start of the summer, but Wednesday confirmed it existed.
SWARC unanimously approved both the issuing of the Commanders license and the partnership with the Fanatics.
Also, while Fanatics already has several “physical” in-person retail relationships with other NFL teams, this marks the company’s first foray into mobile/online sports betting.
The new deal with the Redskins is seen as kicking off another significant expansion into other forms of mobile/online sports betting, not just the NFL.
The Fanatics are also expected to oversee the team’s retail “physical” betting operations, as the Commanders received a sports betting facility license from the state of Maryland more than three months ago.
Fanatics has built a sportsbook at the team’s home stadium, FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, which has until now been unofficially called the “Fanatics Sportsbook” until confirmed Wednesday. According to a release from Maryland Lottery and Gaming, the retail operation is expected to launch “in the near future.”
Here are the top 10 approved Maryland sports betting apps and their physical retail partners are:
- BetMGM Maryland (MGM National Harbor Casino)
- FanDuel Sportsbook Maryland (PPE Maryland Mobile LLC)
- Barstool Sportsbook Maryland (Penn Maryland OSB LLC)
- Caesars Sportsbook Maryland (Horseshow Baltimore Casino)
- DraftKings Sportsbook Maryland (Maryland State Fairgrounds)
- BetFanatics (Washington Commanders)
- Betfred (Long Shots LLC)
- Parx Interactive (Greenmount OTB LLC)
- PointsBet (Riverboat on the Potomac, LLC)
- BetRivers by Rush Street Interactive (Arundel Amusements/Bingo World)
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