The Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) has issued a directive to its licensed sports betting operators, prohibiting player wagering on college sports starting August 1st. Operators are allowed to settle any outstanding bets, but must make every effort to comply with the new rule, despite potential challenges in identifying affected players.

The LGCB Chairman Ronnie Johns emphasized that the order was put in place before the NCAA called for action on college proposal bets. The goal of the order is to protect the integrity of sports betting and ensure the safety and integrity of college athletes.

Following reports of integrity issues and player harassment in recent months, NCAA President Charlie Baker has called for increased controls on player props in college athletics. Baker highlighted the growing problems with betting that threaten the integrity and competition of sports, leading to harassment of students and professional athletes.

Louisiana joins several other states such as Maryland, Ohio and Vermont in banning betting on college athletes. Some states only allow betting on player props on out-of-state college teams, while others have no restrictions on props for college players at all.

Several states including New Jersey, Kansas and Wyoming are considering banning betting on college players after Baker’s call to action. Wyoming is scheduled to discuss the ban at a May 9 meeting, following the lead of states working to address the threat posed by betting on college sports.

By Samantha Johnson

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