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Redskins Buck NFL Mandate, Support Gambling Expansion In Maryland

The NFL has spent their entire existence telling the public how they are against gambling. Even while sports betting has made the NFL the marketing and financial giant it has become, the league continues to offer words of discouragement when it comes to gambling.

Over the past few years, the league has been hypocritical when it comes to the gambling issue. The league continually states that they would not place a team in Nevada due to the amount of gambling that takes place in the state, yet over the past two years, the league has authorized team partnerships with state lotteries.

Now, after becoming one of those teams that put their team logos on scratch off lottery tickets, the Washington Redskins are taking their support for gambling a step further. The Redskins, on Tuesday, announced that they are supporting a ballot measure that would bring a new casino to Prince George's County, and also allow existing casinos to offer table games.

"As members of the Prince George's County business community, we see it as our obligation to speak out in support of major economic development initiatives," said Redskins President of Business Operations Dennis Greene. "We believe Question 7 represents a tremendous opportunity...to create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase funding for public schools, and help provide dollars for other critical state and local government services."

Maryland lawmakers have been pushing gambling expansion heavy in 2012. In order to change the current law, however, voters must approve the expanded gambling plan. A recent poll suggests that voters are slightly trending against approving the gambling measure.

A casino in Prince George's County would benefit from the traffic created at Redskins games. A proposed casino in the County has been on the docket for years, but voters have several times turned down plans for a new gaming facility. Gambling proponents are hopeful that the recent expansion and regulation of casinos in Maryland is proof that expansion can be handled with integrity.

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