By Amanda Yeager | Baltimore Business Journal

Marylanders could be placing sports wagers in time for the NFL playoffs.

The state has started accepting applications from some potential sports betting hosts, including casinos, professional sports teams and race tracks, and the director of the agency responsible for screening applicants says betting could start “late this fall or early this winter.”

“We’re actively working to expedite the process,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming director John Martin said last week.

For now, only entities that were specifically named in the state’s sports betting legislation, passed by Maryland lawmakers this spring, are eligible to submit applications through the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission’s eLicensing platform, which launched Sept. 14.

In addition to Maryland’s six casinos, two race tracks (Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and the Laurel Park Race Track) and three sports stadiums (the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, the Orioles’ Camden Yards and the Washington Football Team’s FedEx Field), the named entities include five off-track betting facilities and two bingo halls.

Carole Gentry, a spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said that three potential sports betting hosts had submitted their applications as of Sept. 21.

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