Since 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, Sports betting has expanded rapidly across the country. To date, 38 US states plus Washington, D.C. offer some form of legal betting, leaving a handful of states currently trying to legalize the activity and several states that do not have any active legislation.
currently, nebraska It only offers retail sports betting options. country borders Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming, all of which offer mobile sports betting. While neighboring Missouri expects to legalize betting, South Dakota, another nearby state, only offers retail sports betting.
With some Nebraskans choosing to visit a neighboring state and place sports bets online, efforts toward Mobile betting continues to be legalized in the state. Along with a bill proposing to legalize online sports betting, industry stakeholders are also exploring options to push for the legalization of this activity.
Once this effort leads A Coalition With the participation of the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska’s economic development arm, Ho Chunk Company, in collaboration with leading sports betting operators, reveals a new report. As announced Journal StarThe coalition supporting the legalization of online sports betting includes Ho-Chunk, along with industry giants, FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM.
Public support is important
Coalition efforts in Nebraska seek to Evaluate the likelihood of state residents supporting the addition of mobile betting. This can be accomplished either through the efforts of legislators or by adding a poll to the upcoming ballot November.
To determine Nebraska’s support for the coalition Launched a public opinion poll about this subject. The survey was launched on Monday this week and will conclude at the end of the week with results expected to highlight residents’ views on mobile betting.
Lance MorganCEO of Ho-Chunk, revealed that The coalition has “big plans” that can only be achieved with public support. “We don’t want to do anything until we see what happens,” he explained, joking that mobile betting is “something people want.”
Furthermore, Morgan talked about A Increasing number of requests From online sports bettors at WarHorse’s retail betting outlet. He explained that a lot of people They would rather use their smartphone to place a bet than drive miles To visit a retail sports betting site or cross the border into a neighboring state.
According to Morgan, it will take a petition drive to bring the issue to a vote in November Big expenses. However, he expressed hope that if public opinion supports the expansion of gambling with the addition of mobile betting, lawmakers will take the lead and add the matter to the next ballot.
Provided that supporters try to legalize mobile betting through a petition drive, they will have to It collected nearly 122,000 signatures Residents of the state. The deadline for collecting valid signatures is July 2024.