Two Nebraska football legends were on the opposing side of three bills that would expand gambling in the state.
Monday, longtime Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne testified against expanding gambling bills for the state of Nebraska. Former Huskers running back and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was also against the bill, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Osborne pointed to unpleasant exchanges with fans, and taking the focus off the competition of the game as his reasoning behind his opposition to the bills.
“Most of the really unpleasant interactions I had with fans were people who had lost a bet,” Osborne said.
From the Omaha World-Herald:
Legislative Resolution 295CA would allow Nebraska voters to decide this fall whether to allow casinos and sports betting in the state. LB 971 would redefine “lottery” to include sports betting, and LB 990 would designate sports betting, fantasy sports and poker as “games of skill” rather than “games of chance,” changing the way they are regulated.
Les Bernal, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling, claimed that gambling was a form of “commercialized financial fraud,” and argued that Nebraskans are already enduring “life-changing losses.”
Osborne also stated that expanded gambling bills would also challenge the “integrity of the game.”
Legalized sports betting and gambling has become a prominent topic of conversation in several states across the country, with several permitting the previously illegal action.