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Maryland Gaming Expansion Gets Redskins' Support

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The Redskins say they stand to benefit from a gambling expansion in Maryland.
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The Redskins say they stand to benefit from a gambling expansion in Maryland.

The Washington Redskins organization supports Maryland's ballot question on the expansion of gambling, the Associated Press reports. Ballot question 7 in Maryland would allow a casino to be built at National Harbor, among other provisions expanding gaming in the state.

Dennis Greene, the president of the Redskins' business operations, views the proposal as way to create jobs, increase funding for schools and pay for state and local government services. 

The Redskins play in Landover, Md. in Prince George's County, which also is home to National Harbor. As a part of the Prince George's business community, Greene says, the team feels obliged to support major economic development initiatives in the county.

Opponents are fighting back, arguing there is no guarantee the money will be used to improve funding for schools. Millions of dollars have been spent on advertising in Maryland on both sides of the issue. Opinions on the gaming expansion are almost evenly split in the state, according to a poll released last week. 

Las Vegas based MGM Resorts International wants to spend $800 million  to build a casino with 4,000 slot machines and 200 table games at National Harbor.

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