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In only the second-ever partnership between a National Football League (NFL) team and a casino, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has announced its official partnership with the Baltimore Ravens.

The partnership brings together the two anchors of Baltimore’s developing Southern Gateway Entertainment District, which earlier this year welcomed global sports entertainment leader Topgolf, which is slated to open in 2020 along Stockholm and Warner streets.

Baltimore Ravens senior vice president of corporate sales and business development Kevin Rochlitz joined former Raven and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jonathan Ogden and Caesars regional president and Horseshoe Casino general manager Erin Chamberlin at the casino for the announcement, which represents the first of its kind between a NFL team and Caesars Entertainment casino.

Rochlitz commented: “Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has become a popular destination, particularly for Ravens fans before and after our home games. We’re enthused about this partnership and believe it will further enrich the entertainment appeal surrounding M&T Bank Stadium. Additionally, we feel it will help contribute to the exciting development taking place throughout the area.”

“It is an honour for us to officially partner with our neighbour, the Baltimore Ravens,” said Chamberlin. “We are two strong Baltimore brands that are committed to the city and the region. We both offer a unique entertainment product with broad and complementary appeal. And, we share a common commitment to transforming the southern gateway into an unrivaled entertainment district that adds renewed energy and excitement to the area.”

Sports betting is currently not legal in Maryland, however the State has looked at potentially pushing forward with a sports betting bill, something that would require a political mandate, which couldn’t be acquired until 2020.