No result found, try new keyword!Live Casino & Hotel owner David Cordish sees a long road ahead for legalization of sports wagering in Maryland. “If I were a typical Maryland resident, I wouldn’t hold my breath,” Cordish said in a recent Business Journal interview. “It will take a long …
“We hopes he does,” said Sweeney after the session Thursday. “On the constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled. He really can go tomorrow if he wants. That’s his call.”
Well, it was his call – until that the poison pill was inserted back in by the state Racing Commission. On Friday, poker domino Drazin got a letter from commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki threatening the track owners with loss of sports betting licenses if they violated the law by starting betting before the bill is signed.
One problem: There is no such law. The commission is under the state Attorney General, on whose website you can find a 2014 opinion stating that the law regulating sports betting was repealed “in its entirety” by a statute passed that year. Also see below how the Attorney General’s office totally ignored Zanzuccki’s 2014 filing in which he stated that the Racing Commission has no role in regulating sports wagering.
That repeal was central to the state’s successful argument before the high court.
“There is no basis in law for this threat,” said Ray Lesniak, the former state senator who sponsored the 2014 repeal bill. “It’s an abuse of government power and should be withdrawn. It’s frightening that a state government agency can threaten a legitimate business like this.”
Lesniak also said that in a 2014 filing in the federal case, Zanzuccki had certified in writing that the Racing Commission would have no role whatsoever in regulating sports betting.
When I asked Murphy spokesman Dan Bryan whether Dr. Murphy had prescribed that poison pill, he said “That wasn’t from us. It was physically from the Racing Commission.”
Yes, but who was it from mentally? When I called Sweeney Friday he said, “I don’t know why it’s being played this way, but it’s the governor’s call.”
If so, it’s a bad call. As of Thursday Murphy could have been the hero of Monmouth Park. But now he could face the same sort of reception Chris Christie got when he showed up there in 2015 for the Haskell Invitational, which featured Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh.
He was roundly booed.
Drazin said he’s trying to get this year’s hot horse, Justify, for the Haskell this summer.
I imagine the horse would get a great reception.
As for the governor, not so much.
ADD – A COMPLETE BUNGLING BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE:
The letter sent out to the track owners by the Racing Commission was sent out under the signature of Zanzuccki and the authority of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.