Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings Launch in Louisiana Ahead of 2021 Football Season

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DraftKings wasn’t born in the Bayou, but after a long wait, the daily fantasy-turned sports betting hegemon is ready to introduce itself to the state of Louisiana.

On July 15, The LA Gaming Control Board approved DraftKings as Louisiana’s first DFS operator, giving DraftKings a leg up on their main competitor, FanDuel.

For now, those inside Louisiana will only have access to DFS which, with the conclusion of the NBA Finals, leaves PGA and MLB contests for customers to become acquainted with the daily fantasy sports space ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

The sound of helmets clashing will be here soon enough, and there’s no doubt Louisianans will be champing at the bit for some daily fantasy football, both CFB and NFL.

However, the arrival of DraftKings as the first DFS operator will have implications that go far beyond fantasy sports in Louisiana.

Louisiana DFS History

DraftKings’ launch in Louisiana parishes comes nearly three years after voters approved daily fantasy sports in November 2018. Since then, state politics and regulatory barriers have kept DFS out of the bayou. In 2020, the LA Legislature agreed on a DFS tax bill.

Fast forward, and here we are, with Louisianans finally ready to play all things DFS, nine years after DraftKings was founded by CEO Jason Robins and CFO Matt Kalish.

“As DraftKings continues our nationwide expansion, we welcome Louisiana to the DraftKings family, an area rich with culture, heritage, and diehard fanbases in both college and professional sports,” said Kalish in a press release. “The Bayou will now have access to our world-leading daily fantasy sports product as we ramp up toward the kickoff of football season.”

Where’s FanDuel?

According to Sports Handle, FanDuel has not yet been approved “due to ‘complications’ created by COVID-19 shutdowns.”

Next to DraftKings, FanDuel is the other major player in the daily fantasy sports industry. While FanDuel has not received a DFS operating license as of July 22, 2021, there’s little doubt that they’ll be live in the state by the time NFL Week 1 rolls around.

Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees made multiple people DraftKings millionaires during his time in New Orleans. Brees rode off into retirement but don’t doubt Jameis Winston’s ability to deliver major DFS paychecks too.

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What’s Next? Sports Betting

Louisiana has long been home to riverboat gambling, and there’s even a land-based casino sitting in the heart of New Orleans. Soon, though, there will be online sports betting in Louisiana.

Voters passed a referendum to legalize sports betting in 2020. Like DFS, however, there have been delays. How long until you can wager on sports in Louisiana? There are conflicting reports but lawmakers are optimistic that people will be able to bet on Packers vs. Saints in Week 1. The Saints are currently 1- to 3-point favorites depending on the sportsbook.

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About the Author

  • Matt Schmitto (schmitto)

  • Matt Schmitto is the sports betting editor for RotoGrinders. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. After a short stint in law school, Schmitto joined RotoGrinders as a staff writer in 2019 and is a contributor to Sports Handle and other sites in the US Bets network.

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