Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
But Louisiana is more than a year away from potentially passing any bills to allow residents age 21 and older the chance to bet on pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey along with major college sports and others like tennis, golf, boxing and UCF.
Opposition from conservative groups and pastors are temporarily delaying what many legislators will be pushing towards later in 2019.
Legislation updates on sports betting in Louisiana
A House bill was introduced in March, 2018 to authorize “additional games and sports betting at eligible live horse racing facilities.” The bill did not move forward during the state’s legislative session, but in April, 2019 a new bill is expected to be proposed by Senate Republican Danny Martiny.
The new proposal would authorize sports wagering at Louisiana’s land-based casino in New Orleans, 15 riverboat casinos, and four racetracks.