Nebraska, Maryland & Louisiana to Vote on Sports Betting

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10/14/2020
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Voters in Nebraska, Louisiana and Maryland are set to decide on legal sports betting becoming available for residents of, and visitors to their respective states. The vote will take place as part of the Presidential Election in those states on November 3.

Because of the shortened legislative sessions due to the global pandemic, voters in Louisiana and Maryland will literally be voting only on whether or not to legalize — not according to a certain set of pre-ordained guidelines nor legal framework. Legislators in both of those states simplified the ballot quickly and without debate with the idea being that if voters say “yes,” they could literally go ahead and organize the details during the 2021 legislative session.

As for Nebraska, if a majority of Nebraska voters approve with a positive vote, the state’s six horse racetracks are set to expand into full-scale “Las Vegas-style” casinos. Whether that will include land-based retail sportsbooks is yet to be seen, however, it is forward momentum for a state without any commercial casinos to speak of. On the other hand, a “no” vote in Nebraska would stop legal sports betting dead in its tracks in the Cornhusker State for the foreseeable future.

Maryland

Leading online sportsbook, DraftKings, has put $250 000 behind persuading Maryland voters to legalize sports betting in November, campaign finance records show.
The main television ad of the effort features public school teachers telling voters that the global pandemic health crisis has made it more important than ever to fund digital education and that online legal online sports wagering could go a long way to bridging the gap.

“Sports fans in Maryland are ready — and waiting — to bet on sports legally,” DraftKings announced in a media release. “Legalizing sports betting will allow for a customer-centric experience and shut down illegal sites that offer no consumer protections. It will also keep money in Maryland that’s currently going to legal markets in neighboring states.”
Current polling shows the registered voters of Maryland 54% in favor of legal sports betting.

Louisiana

As we originally reported back in June, Louisiana’s registered voters will also get to exercise their right at the ballot box on legalizing sports betting on November 3.

If the bill passes on November 3, then Louisiana legislators and the Gaming Control Board will have the legal authority to set the rules for taxing, licensing, and regulation in 2021.
Exclusively in the Bayou State, the state of Louisiana has 64 parishes, and each of them will decide if they want sports betting there or not. Back in 2018, 47 of 64 parishes in Louisiana voted for the legislation of Daily Fantasy Sports and a similar vote is expected for the legalization of sports betting.

If approved by voters, legislators will decide if sports wagering will only be retail land-based or online, or both.

Nebraska

Nebraska voters will decide on November 3 whether or not the Cornhusker State approves commercial casino gaming and in doing so, possibly its first-ever legal sportsbooks into the bargain.

If approved by voters, games of chance — such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat and slot machines — would become legal at Nebraska state horse racetracks. However, sports betting is considered to be a game of skill and whether it is included or not is up for debate. However, it is a critical juncture for the sports betting industry.

The Nebraska State Governor Pete Ricketts and family own the Chicago Cubs and have a lot invested in sports. Chances are, if voters choose for Nebraska’s casinos, look for online sportsbooks to get swept up in the liberal wagering air by the state’s lawmakers.

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