Washington owner Dan Snyder has been lobbying the Maryland legislature to permit his organization a sports gambling license. Unsurprisingly, Snyder is lobbying the Virginia legislature as well, according to Erin Cox and Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post. Per the Washington Post report, Snyder has built some momentum toward a bill’s passage. The Virginia legislature will be voting on two sports gambling bills on Monday, but it remains unclear whether either will pass at this point.
Obviously every NFL team would benefit greatly from a gambling license, and Snyder would surely be happy to create a new revenue stream for his organization. Of course, Snyder has yet to show much competence on the football side of his team ownership, however, it is hardly new for an owner to consistently prioritize financial returns to football performance.
Going forward, if Snyder were able to obtain a license, other ownership groups would surely try to emulate his tactics. The league may also step in and attempt to adjudicate if teams with licenses have to share revenues with teams in states with less amenable legislatures.
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