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Louisiana Sports Betting: New Ban On Prop Bets For NCAA Athletes

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If you are in Louisiana and looking for prop bets on college athletes, you won’t be able to find them at a domestic sportsbook soon. Beginning August 1, 2024, Louisiana sportsbooks will be prohibited from creating props for NCAA players across the board.

A recent order enacted by The Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the regulatory body of sports betting in the Bayou State, bans local sportsbooks from providing player props.

This prohibition includes all college players, not just those who compete for institutions based in LA. Prop bets for team performances will be permitted, but any odds on the accumulation of stats by players will become a thing of the past.

“It is the intention of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to protect the integrity of sports betting as well as the safety and integrity of college athletes… We feel that this order accomplishes that goal.”

Louisiana Gaming Control Board Ronnie Johns

All wagers placed on NCAA player props before August 1st will be honored, even if the outcome is finalized after that date.

Some legal sports betting states included bans on certain college wagers in their founding laws. Others have no restrictions, allowing bets on college sports regardless of where their institution is based.

States That Ban Betting On Local NCAA Teams

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.

States That Do Not Allow NCAA Prop Bets

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana (starting August 1st)
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

The rush to remove these types of props is largely based on comments made last week by NCAA President Charlie Baker.

“Sports betting issues are on the rise across the country with prop bets continuing to threaten the integrity and competition and leading to student athletes and professional athletes getting harassed. The NCAA has been working with states to deal with these threats and many are responding by banning college prop bets,”

NCAA President Charlie Baker

While there have been no reported incidents of prop betting influencing the results of a college game, recent irregularities in the NBA have caused the league to investigate potential statistic-shaving.

Prop bets offered for the stats of Jontay Porter of the Toronto Raptors hit big in two 2024 games, raking in the most cash for gamblers on each given day. The problem is that Parker left both games after only a few minutes of play.

In hindsight, it seems that Parker could have departed early to ensure that the under hit on any props created for his performance.

Whether this can or will be duplicated at the college level could be moot soon, as it seems more domestic sports betting states like Louisiana will follow suit after Baker’s prohibition request.


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