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Louisiana to Prohibit Prop Bets on College Players Beginning August 1st

In a bid to safeguard the integrity of college sports and protect the well-being of student and professional athletes, Louisiana has banned player prop bets in college sports starting August 1. The decision was made by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB), which issued an order to its licensed sports betting operators prohibiting such bets. The board, however, allowed operators to honor any outstanding player prop bets but urged them to comply with the new rule as much as possible. Despite potential challenges in identifying players affected, LGCB chairman Ronnie Johns emphasized that this order was long in the works before NCAA president Charlie Baker called for increased scrutiny surrounding player props in college athletics.

The NCAA’s call for increased scrutiny came following reports of integrity issues and player harassment related to prop bets in college sports. Baker highlighted how rising prop betting threats have led to harassment of student and professional athletes, thus compromising their safety and competition. As a result, several states have joined forces to ban college player prop bets, including Maryland, Ohio, and Vermont. While some states only allow such betting on college teams located outside their state boundaries, others like North Carolina have no restrictions on college player props at all.

In response to the NCAA’s call for increased scrutiny surrounding player props in college athletics, several states are considering banning such bets altogether. New Jersey is among these states that are currently considering a ban on college player prop bets after Baker’s call to action. Wyoming is set to discuss a similar ban at a meeting on May 9 following the lead of other states working towards addressing the threats posed by prop bets in college sports.

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