Future of Daily Fantasy Sports in Louisiana will rest with voters

May 31, 2018 9:25 AM

The future of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in Louisiana will rest with voters in individual parishes as part of a general election on Nov. 6.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced late last week that he has signed a measure that authorizes the November ballot question.

If voters in a parish decide against it, players could not legally participate in the cash-league games on their smartphones or computers while in that community. If voters in a parish support allowing the fantasy sports games, then lawmakers would have to decide how to regulate and tax the games and the state's gambling board also would need to develop regulations.

DFS games allow players to create a roster of athletes using game statistics to determine the winning contestant.

Louisiana is divided into 64 parish entities. Louisiana was officially Roman Catholic under both France and Spain's rule. The boundaries dividing the territories generally coincided with church parishes. In 1807, the territorial legislature officially adopted the ecclesiastical term. The state has maintained these primary civil divisions, officially known as parishes, ever since.