Nebraska Sports Betting

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Nebraska is currently in a sports betting waiting stage. Legislature approved sports betting in 2021 with the passing of LB 561, but potential changes to the law are causing delays. Some estimate that sports betting won't launch in the Cornhusker State until late 2022.


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Nebraska Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is online sports betting legal in Nebraska?

Yes, but it's still several months away from launching. Nebraska legislature approved it in 2021, but changes to the law are delaying the process.  

Will online sports betting come to Nebraska once these new laws take effect?

While it was approved in 2021, Nebraska sports betting is still delayed. Initial estimates said it would launch in late 2021 or early 2022, but now Lynne McNally, vice president of the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said it may not launch until late 2022.

Are there any current legal options for sports betting in Nebraska?

No, there are not any current legal options to sports bet in Nebraska. The Action Network will update this once sports betting launches (which some estimate will be in late 2022).

Will online sports betting come to Nebraska once these new laws take effect?

No, online sports betting is not part of the new law. The 2021 bill only accounted for in-person betting. It is unknown when online sports gambling will be legal in Nebraska..

Nebraska Highlights

Nebraska Sports Betting and Casino Bill Signed into Law

Nebraska sports betting is now legal after Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the state’s first-ever commercial casino gaming bill into law. Nebraska’s gaming bill only permits retail sportsbooks at pari-mutuel race tracks, which can also offer “Las Vegas-style” casino gaming under the legislation. The bill prohibits bets on college games featuring in-state programs played in the state.

Nebraska Sports Betting Bill Advances Without In-State College Betting Restriction

Nebraska lawmakers advanced a sweeping casino authorization bill Tuesday, April 20, without an in-state college betting prohibition that would have prevented legal wagering on home games for popular programs such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.

Nebraska Casinos Could Open Door for Sportsbooks

Voters in Nebraska overwhelmingly approved ballot measures that will expand casino gaming options at six commercial horse tracks. This means slots and table games for are likely coming to all six, but the 2020 ballot measures could have further-reaching implications for sports betting.

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How Nebraska Sports Betting Compares

We graded Nebraska on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.

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We'll evaluate Nebraksa's sports betting bill as it becomes available.

Sports betting bill analysis TBD. 

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Sports Betting for Nebraska Beginners

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Nebraska Teams to Bet on

Nebraska has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Football

One of the most storied college football programs in the country, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are the only Division I football program in the state. They have five total National Championships and 26 bowl victories. They play at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, which is one of the rowdiest stadiums in all of college football.

The Cornhuskers haven't faired well in the past 20 years, however. Since 1997, Nebraska has shuffled through five different head coaches and haven't been to a bowl game since the 2016 season. The Cornhuskers are currently led by coach Scott Frost.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Men's Basketball

Unlike their football counterparts, Nebraska's basketball team has seldom had success since beginning in 1897. They are the only major conference program in the country that has never won an NCAA tournament game, despite having seven appearances in their history.

The Cornhuskers are led by former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who coached the team to just 14 total wins in his first two seasons.

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Creighton Bluejays Men's Basketball

The winningest basketball program in the Cornhusker state is the Creighton Bluejays. Creighton has 1,534 all-time wins and 22 total appearances in the NCAA tournament. Once Creighton makes the tournament, they historically do well, advancing past the first round seven total times.

The Bluejays are led by coach Greg McDermott. 2022 is McDermott's 12th season at Creighton. 

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Omaha Mavericks Men's Basketball

The Omaha Maverick's are one of 44 teams to have never made the NCAA tournament. They compete in the Summit League and play their home games at the Baxter Arena. They had decent success when they were a Division II program, but haven't done much since leaping to DI.

The Mavericks are led by coach Derrin Hansen. 2022 is Hansen's 16th season at Omaha. 

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Sam is a sports betting reporter for The Action Network, covering the latest legal and industry news, among other things. A two-time Society of Business Editors and Writers award winner, Sam is based out of Washington DC. His interests are limited to the New York Knicks, combing through government regulations and his rescue-pup, Bowie.

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