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Bookie will loan you money

Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the state’s Gaming Control Board, explains the illegal sports betting market.

Lowest of Gaming Margins

Chairman of Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board Ronnie Jones describes the profit that gaming generates for Las Vegas.

Geo Fencing

Ronnie Jones, Chairman of Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board defines Geo-Fencing and how it blocks online gaming in locations it’s not allowed.

Funds Bad Things

Chairman of the state’s Gaming Control Board Ronnie Jones gives a benefit of allowing for legalized sports betting.

Fool’s Tax

Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum, touches on some societal problems in legalizing sports gaming.

It’s very prevalent

Rep. Joseph Marino explains why he is sponsoring a bill to allow Louisiana residents to gamble on sporting events.

Destination like Las Vegas

Gaming Attorney Paul West says that if sports betting were legal in Louisiana, New Orleans would become a gaming destination like Las Vegas.

March 2019 - What are the Odds? Sports Betting in Louisiana

Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting sports betting in all states but Nevada. Efforts in the legislature to allow sports gaming in Louisiana failed in 2018. This session will see a renewed push by lawmakers to allow sports betting with some supporting dedicating proceeds to early childhood education.

What are the pros and cons of legalizing sports gaming? How would it be implemented in Louisiana? How much revenue could state government hope to see? And what are the challenges of dedicating another revenue stream? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “What are the Odds? Sports Betting in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists will be:

  • Elizabeth Crisp, Capitol reporter for The Advocate
  • Will Hall, Office of Public Policy, Louisiana Baptist Convention
  • Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie
  • Major Chuck McNeal, La. State Police Gaming Enforcement Division

The program features interviews with Rep. Joseph Marino, I-Gretna, sponsor of the sports betting bill in the House; Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum which has concerns with the societal costs of sports betting; and Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, host the program.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.