A new partnership has been agreed between the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and National Football League team, the Baltimore Ravens.

The deal is only the second-ever partnership between a casino and an NFL franchise and unites two anchors of Baltimore’s developing Southern Gateway Entertainment District, which earlier this year welcomed global sports entertainment leader Topgolf.

The only previous deal between an NFL franchise and a casino operator, was struck earlier in the year when the Dallas Cowboys partnered with Winstar World Casino and Resort.

Baltimore Ravens Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Business Development Kevin Rochlitz joined former Raven and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jonathan Ogden, 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 on the new partnership: “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 honor for us to officially partner with our neighbor, 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.