Louisiana voters in 55 of the state's 64 parishes approved legal sports betting in a 2020 ballot referendum. When — or how — Louisiana sports betting begins remains to be seen. The Pelican State's legislative session begins again in April 2021, where bills will be discussed. A big question will be online access — as in, whether sports betting will be permitted just in land-based casinos or fully online, like it is in New Jersey, Michigan and other states.
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How Louisiana Sports Betting Compares
A lot remains to be determined when it comes to sports betting in Louisiana. One thing is clear: Residents of the Pelican State want legal sports wagering, as it passed — along with daily fantasy sports (DFS) — in a majority of parishes in a recent ballot referendum.
Daily fantasy sports will be launched in the state sooner than sports betting — perhaps before the fall of 2021 — but both are a matter of "when" rather than "if." A lot of details will need to be hammered out when state legislators resume their sessions.
The biggest question — along with key details for every state like taxation, regulation rules, etc. — is online access. There are land-based casinos already in Louisiana, and those will likely open physical sportsbooks sooner rather than later. But proponents of sports betting in the state will likely see the success of others like New Jersey, Indiana and Michigan, all of which have full online betting — meaning bettors can register, deposit and bet without walking into a casino — and want to duplicate it in Louisiana.
From The Action Network reporter Ryan Butler: "Though online access would be far more lucrative for operators and government coffers, it will prove more politically difficult in a state where gambling remains taboo for many despite the industry’s proliferation in Louisiana over the past few decades.
Along with staunch gambling adversaries in the legislature as well as conservative and religious organizations against gaming pressuring them from outside the statehouse, conflict between pro-gaming interests could also delay or even derail a bill."
We'll be keeping track of everything that happens in 2021, especially as legislative sessions begin again in April.
Louisiana Sports Betting Grading Card:
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Louisiana Teams to Bet on
Pro Sports Teams
NFL Betting in Louisiana
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints were for decades one of the NFL's premier laughingstock organizations, with only three playoff appearances in total between when they joined the NFL in 1967 and the turn of the century. Since then, things have changed. the Saints 10 playoff appearances since 2000, including seven division titles and that illustrious 2009 Super Bowl title.
Thanks mostly to the play of quarterback Drew Brees and the stewardship of coach Sean Payton, the Saints transformed from a laughingstock into one of the most consistently successful teams in the league. To prime yourself to bet on the Saints, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smartly.
NBA Betting in Louisiana
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2003-03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets George Shinn relocated the team to the bayou. The team became the Pelicans officially for the 2013 season. Under either name, the team has struggled to find consistent success despite employing superstars such as Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.
The current team, led by young stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, is hoping to turn things around. For more on the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA, check out our insights and analysis to bet smartly once you can in the state.
Professional Rugby Betting Louisiana
New Orleans Gold
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College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Louisiana
LSU is the top collegiate program in the state, particularly after soaring to the top of the college football world with the 2019-20 national championship. They're not the only college program in the state, however.
LSU Tigers Football
The 2019-20 LSU Tigers were one of the greatest college football teams of all time, led by Heisman Trophy winner and eventual No. 1-overall pick Joe Burrow. It was the Tigers' fourth national title and third this century, as they also won in 1958, 2003, and 2007. LSU took a step back after losing a lot of talent in 2020 but remains consistent SEC contenders.
Tulane Green Wave Football
The Green Wave have competed in the AAC since 2015 after an 18-year run in Conference USA. they have nine conference titles in program history but none in the one in which they currently reside. The Green Wave have been regular postseason participants this century, most recently playing in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2020, where they lost to Nevada.
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football
The 2020 Sun Belt champs capped a 10-1 season with a victory over UTSA in the First Responder Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns have grown accustomed to playing once winter rolls around, with eight bowl game appearances since 2011 and a 6-2 record in them. They've won three straight Sun Belt West titles.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Football
The Warhawks have played football since 1931 and won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship. The program transitioned to FBS in 2012 and made a bowl game that year, playing in the Independence Bowl where they lost to Ohio.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Football
The Bulldogs joined Conference USA in 2013 after an 11-year run in the AC, and while they've yet to win a conference title, they've won three division championships, losing out on the conference title to Marshall, Western Kentucky, and UAB. The Bulldogs under Skip Holtz have become regular postseason participants, making a bowl game every year since 2014 and going 6-1 in that span, including wins over Power 5 schools Illinois and Miami.
McNeese State Cowboys Football
The Cowboys play football in Division I FCS, where they have won 14 Southland Conference championships, most recently in 2015. They've made two national championship games, losing to Western Kentucky in 2002 and Youngstown State in 1997.
Nicholls Colonels Football
Members of the Football Championship Subdivision, the Colonels have claimed Southland Conference championships in both 2018 and 2019, and in both years advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Northwestern State Demons Football
The Demons were once regular contenders in the Southland Conference, but haven't captured a league crown since 2004. The Demons have six playoff appearances, making it as far as the semifinals in 1998.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Football
The Lions boast eight conference titles while playing in the Division I FCS Southland Conference. Their most recent titles came when they went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. In 2019 they made the playoffs as an at-large and scored a first-round win over Villanova.
Southern Jaguars Football
Every year, Southern plays its last regular-season game against Gambling in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans. In conference play, the Jaguars most recently won the SWAC in 2013 and have 19 in program history.
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LSU Tigers Men's Basketball
The LSU men's basketball team boats a rich tradition that includes such all-time greats as Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal. The Tigers have four all-time Final Four appearances, with the most recent coming in 2006. The current Tigers have had a decent stretch of success under coach Will Wade, winning the SEC in 2019.
Tulane Green Wave Men's Basketball
The Green Wave have yet to gather any momentum since joining the AAC, with an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1995. That year, they were a 9-seed and upset BYU in the first round.
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Men's Basketball
The Ragin' Cajuns' men's basketball team has won the Sun Belt three times, most recently in 2018, and appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, with the most recent appearance coming in 2014. Their last tournament victory came in 1992 when they upset No. 4-seed Oklahoma in the first round.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Men's Basketball
The Warhawks have competed in the Sun Belt Conference since 2006 and have yet to register a winning record or NCAA Tournament since becoming members. Their last tournament appearance came in 1996.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Men's Basketball
Despite winning Conference USA regular-season titles in both 2014 and 2015, the Bulldogs are currently in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1991. They last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1989 when, as a 9-seed, they beat La Salle.
McNeese State Cowboys Men's Basketball
Since joining Division I, the Cowboys have claimed a pair of Southland Conference championships, in 1989 and 2002, and those double as their only NCAA Tournament appearances. They are 0-2 in those appearances.
New Orleans Privateers Men's Basketball
Under current coach Mark Slessinger, the Privateers in 2017 snapped a 21-year NCAA Tournament drought, making the First Four where they lost to Mount St. Mary's. A proving ground for established coaches such as Tim Floyd and Buzz Williams, New Orleans has won eight conference titles between stops in the American South, Sun Belt, and Southland conferences.
Nicholls Colonels Men's Basketball
The Colonels compete in the Southland Conference and are in the midst of an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1998, which was also the year of their last conference championship. The Colonels are 0-2 in tournament history.
Northwestern State Demons Men's Basketball
The Demons entered the national scene for the first time in 2001 when they were the first team to win one of the NCAA Tournament's "Opening Round" games (later the First Four). Five years later as a 14-seed, the Demons shocked Big Ten champion and No. 3-seed Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Men's Basketball
The Lions' one and only Southland championship and one and only NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2005. They made the NIT in 2018 and lost to Saint Mary's in the first round.
Southern Jaguars Men's Basketball
The Jaguars have made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, with their one win coming in a 1993 upset of Georgia Tech. The Jaguars most recently win the SWAC title in 2014 and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 when they lost to Holy Cross in the First Four.
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NCAA Division I Football & Basketball
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Zurich Golf Classic
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