Louisiana voters will decide on fantasy sports gambling legislation

Louisiana voters will decide on fantasy sports gambling legislation


IT’S A BILLION-DOLLAR INDUSTRY. ONLINE FANTASY SPORTS BETTING. SITES LIKE DRAFT KINGS AND FAN
DEUL DOMINATE THE MARKET. YOU CAN’T THEM IN LOUISIANA. WE ARE ONE OF 11 STATES WHERE
FANTASY SPORTS BETTING REMAINS
ILLEGAL. NEXT MONTH, VOTERS WILL DECIDE
IF THIS TYPE OF GAMBLING GETS
THE GREEN LIGHT.>>I THINK IT’S FUN, A LOT OF
PEOPLE PLAY IT. TRAVERS: STATE REP. KIRK TALBOT
FROM RIVER RIDGE SAYS IF PASSED
BY VOTERS, THE MEASURE COULD
GENERATE AN ADDITIONAL $1
MILLION A YEAR IN TAX REVENUE. EACH PARISH WILL MAKE IT’S OWN
DECISION, AND HE DOESN’T EXPECT
IT TO PASS STATEWIDE.>>I THINK IN MOST METROPOLITAN
AREAS, IT WILL PASS. I’D SAY 40-45 OF THE PARISHES
MAY PASS IT. OUR NEIGHBORS NEXT DOOR,
MISSISSIPPI, THEY HAVE IT. A LOT OF STATES AROUND US DO, I
THINK TEXAS DOES. TRAVERS: POLITICAL ANALYSTS
AGREE.>>WHAT STATES HAVE LEARNED IS
THAT GAMING IS A QUICK WAY OF
RAISING REVENUE AS A FORM OF
ENTERTAINMENT. TRAVERS: ONE GROUP IS OPPOSED. THE LOUISIANA FAMILY FORUM IS
URGING PEOPLE TO VOTE NO. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT THAT
GROUP SAYS “THE NEAR CERTAINTY
THAT GEOFENCING TECHNOLOGY WILL
BE BREACHED AND MINORS WILL BE
GAMBLING MAKE THIS A BAD BET FOR
LOUISIANA FAMILIES.” TALBOT DOESN’T THINK SO.>>I THINK PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT
TO CHOOSE HOW THEY SPEND THEIR
MONEY. IT IS A FORM OF GAMING, BUT IT’S
NOT A FORM OF GAMING WHERE
PEOPLE ARE MORTGAGING THEIR

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