All NWLA parishes, except Sabine, vote to legalize fantasy sports betting

All NWLA parishes, except Sabine, vote to legalize fantasy sports betting
Voters in each Louisiana parish decided Nov. 6 whether to legalize betting on fantasy sports. (Source: Unsplash)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Voters in eight of the nine Louisiana parishes in the ArkLaTex agreed Tuesday to legalize fantasy sports gambling like DraftKings and FanDuel.

The ballot measure was approved in Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River and Webster parishes, according to complete but unofficial election returns.

Voters in Sabine Parish denied the measure.

Fantasy sports gambling previously was illegal everywhere in Louisiana.

“If it’s regulated the right way, I think it will be a lot of fun down here,” said Blake Fife, a fan of fantasy sports.

For years, he has worked to pick the perfect fantasy team and with the goal of winning cash prizes.

Problem is, he has had to travel outside Louisiana to play.

“Actually getting trips planned to go to Texas, to Mississippi or any place where you can do sports betting.”

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will create regulations and tax the contests for the parishes who approved the measure.

Supporters say that will mean additional revenue.

Shreveport radio host Ben Mintz, who dedicates a special hour of his show to fantasy sports, says he’s waited years for Louisiana to open its mind to legalizing such contests.

“I come back to the point if you can do the lottery, if you can do slot machines, then I don’t see how it could be a problem.”

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