Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar Fired From Broadcast For Betting

While there have been plenty of positive stories since the launch of Ohio sports betting, which occurred on New Year’s Day 2023, there have been a few unfortunate storylines as well. One major example happened on the Sunday of NFL Week 18, as a former NFL quarterback violated the National Football League’s policy on betting on games.

Bernie Kosar Dismissed From Browns Radio Broadcast After Placing Wager

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was recently fired from his pre-game broadcasting position after the revelation that he had placed a wager on the January 8th game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. Kosar had placed a bet on the Cleveland Browns to win the AFC North rivalry game, violating NFL rules in the process.

The $1,900 wager was meant to reflect the former Browns star’s number with the team, which was 19 throughout his Cleveland career. Kosar had used the Tipico Sportsbook app to place his wager on the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns organization expressed the difficulty in letting go of such a major figure in Cleveland sports, but reiterated that Kosar had violated NFL policy as a contracted employee of the team. According to FOX28 Columbus, Kosar won’t be featured on the Cleveland Browns radio program in the future.

Kosar took to Twitter to voice his dismay over the situation, confirming his dismissal from the team’s radio activities. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Sunday matchup 28-14 over the Browns with a chance to make the postseason, although the Miami Dolphins took the Wild Card spot with a 9-6 win over the New York Jets. The Cleveland Browns finished the 2022 season 7-10, with the team starting backup QB Jacoby Brissett throughout the majority of the year.

Bernie Kosar Career Overview

After spending two years with the University of Miami with a national championship win in 1983, Bernie Kosar was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1985. Along the way, the Ohio native would lead the team to four different playoff berths, along with three AFC Championship appearances. However, the Denver Broncos would famously edge out those Browns teams to make it to the Super Bowl each time under Hall of Fame QB John Elway.

Kosar would remain with the team until 1993, where he would have stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins until his retirement in 1996. The QB remained a big name in Cleveland sports well after his retirement, even joining the Browns as a consultant in 2009.

Other Ohio Sports Betting Controversies

The Kosar firing definitely grabbed some headlines over NFL Sunday, but it’s not the only issue that’s come up since the Buckeye State rolled out legal sports betting. A few of the major sports betting operators in the state have faced fines for different violations, including Caesars Sportsbook Ohio, DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio, BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio, and Barstool Sportsbook Ohio.

These fines from the Ohio Casino Control Commission come from both advertising and responsible gaming messaging violations. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has also expressed concern over online sportsbook advertising amid the massive rollout of legal sports wagering.

Anthony Elio is the Lead Writer for, focusing on sports betting, online casino gaming, and horse racing. He covers state betting handles, sportsbook partnerships, operator news, and NHL picks. Outside of his work with LINEUPS, Elio has also written for Daily Fantasy Cafe, Innovation & Tech Today, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Residential Tech Today.

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