Since the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, the landscape of sports betting in the United States has rapidly expanded. Currently, 38 US states along with DC offer some form of legal wagering, with some states still in the process of legalizing the activity.
Nebraska is one such state that currently only offers retail sports betting options. However, the state borders neighboring states such as Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming, all of which offer mobile sports betting. In addition, nearby Missouri is also in the process of legalizing wagering, while South Dakota only offers retail sports betting.
Due to the availability of mobile sports betting in neighboring states, efforts to legalize mobile betting in Nebraska are ongoing. A coalition, which includes the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s economic development arm, Ho-Chunk Inc., along with major sports betting operators such as FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM, is actively working towards the legalization of online sports wagering in the state.
The coalition is currently evaluating the likelihood of public support for the addition of mobile betting in Nebraska. This may be achieved through efforts by lawmakers or by adding a poll to the upcoming ballot in November. To gauge the support of Nebraskans, the coalition launched a public opinion poll on the topic.
Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk, emphasized the importance of public support for their plans to legalize mobile betting. He noted a growing number of requests from bettors for online sports wagering, indicating a strong demand for mobile betting in the state.
In order to put the issue of legalizing mobile betting up for a vote in November, supporters would need to collect approximately 122,000 signatures from residents in the state by July 2024. Despite the significant expenses associated with a petition drive, there is hope that lawmakers will take the initiative to add the matter to the upcoming ballot if public opinion supports the expansion of gambling through the addition of mobile betting.