LOUISIANA - Louisiana residents may finally be able to wager money on their favorite sports later this year.
The daily fantasy sports betting company FanDuel is currently on track to be available in 47 parishes that approved daily fantasy games back in 2018 - just in time for football season.
"We’re really excited about it. This was a big decision, it was a monumental decision in those 47 parishes to allow for fantasy sports contests," said Government Affairs Director for FanDuel Stacie Stern.
Sports are a big part of Louisiana culture with its two professional teams in the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. Sterns says they wanted to give Louisiana sports fans what they want.
"With Louisiana being one of the few states that prohibited these contests, it was a big big day for us to see the residents of Louisiana in those 47 parishes say ‘hey we want to participate, we want to play,'" she said.
One important step before FanDuel is available is ensuring only those in the parishes who voted in favor of sports wagering, are able to participate. Stern says they’ll use geofencing technology.
"There’s a company that does this all day everyday called GeoComply and they’re really the industry standard for being able to identify where people are. Whether it’s using cell data, Wi-Fi, and known devices and IP addresses."
For sports fans like Marcel Johnson, he’s excited at the prospect of being able to make a little extra cash while playing fantasy sports with his friends.
"I think for people that didn’t know about it, a lot more people are going to want to do it, me included. So yeah, I think that’s awesome," Johnson said.
He says FanDuel being legal is a great thing for a state that loves sports.
"It’s a really good thing that it is becoming legal because like you said, Louisiana is a football state, everybody loves their saints," he said.
Lafayette is one of the 47 parishes that voted in favor of daily fantasy sports betting in 2018, something that many residents are excited about.
Louisiana legislators are also debating nine different bills that would set procedures for real sports gambling in the state after 55 parish voted in favor of it in 2020.