Ernie Chambers

Nebraska lawmakers begin debate on fantasy sports bill

Nebraska lawmakers kicked off debate Tuesday on an industry-backed bill that would impose new regulations on fantasy sports websites, which critics see as a form of gambling.

Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill argued that his bill would protect consumers from bad actors in the fantasy sports industry that allow players to use computer algorithms to stack the odds against competitors.

Fantasy sports websites allow participants to create a fantasy team based on real-life sports players and score points based on how their players perform in actual games. The sites charge an entry fee and offer payouts to winners.

The bill could help companies such as DraftKings and FanDuel...

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