Fantasy sports fans are asking what’s next after 47 parishes have legalized online fantasy sports betting, and the only answer we do have is: you’ll have to wait until next year to find out. Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott says it's up to the legislature to fill in the details for parishes that voted yes.
“They basically have laid the groundwork, finding out which parishes are going to be allowing people in their parish to be able to do this game.”
Online fantasy sports allow gamers to pay to compete with each other to see who can pick the athletes in a certain sport who will have the best performance that week.
The biggest question is how, or if the state will squeeze the newly legal activity for cash. Scott says the legislature has not tipped its hand on just how it would look at the revenue side of the issue.
“Will it be a state tax? Will it be a local tax? Or both? Will the locals have an opportunity to come back and let their people vote on it again?”
But for those living in parishes that voted no, there’s another question all together: how do you prevent them from accessing the online game? The two major companies, FanDuel and DraftKings, say they can lock certain players out depending on their location, but Scott says it’s likely not that easy as people travel from parish to parish.
“Is it about where I live, or where I’m doing the transaction? I’m on a phone, I travel through a lot of parishes, and a lot of states, where am I allowed to do that?”
Those questions will likely be answered in the 2019 regular session.
Most of the parishes that did not support the fantasy sports referendum are rural and in north Louisiana.