Baton Rouge casinos quietly rally behind sports betting proposition

Baton Rouge’s gaming industry is quietly campaigning for a proposition on the Nov. 3 ballot that would allow each parish to decide whether they want to legalize sports betting on football games and other contests. However, they still have many questions they don’t expect to be answered until the next legislative session in the spring.

Generally, casino officials and lobbyists believe the odds of the proposal passing are tilted in their favor in East Baton Rouge, which in 2018 was among 47 of the state’s 64 parishes that voted to legalize online sports fantasy games for cash prizes.

The two biggest donors to Louisiana Wins, the group leading the push, are DraftKings and FanDuel, which have contributed more than half of the $2.05 million raised so far.

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