GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers approved a bill to legalize online sports betting bill Wednesday.
House Bill 347 will allow North Carolina residents to place bets on college, professional, and other sports on a phone or any other electronic device.
Jonathan Casper is a sports management professor at NC State University. He said this could excite people who typically aren't mega-fans.
"I think that when you start looking at the hardcore sports fans, typically they're going to probably come and be loyal to the sports product no matter what," Casper continued," but as you start looking at people that don't go that often or don't identify as a really true sports fan as they go to some of these events this adds another element of entertainment," he explained.
Universities across the state will receive money from fees and taxes associated with the betting licenses.
"We intend to utilize it throughout the spectrum. One of the things that we are particularly happy about is that this will help in our efforts to ensure that student fees are kept to a minimum and that they're not increased to support athletics on this campus. So, again we're very appreciative to the legislature," Winston-Salem State University's Richard Davis said.
Lawmakers are set to vote on the bill one more time Wednesday, if it passes, it will head to the governor's desk.