After the COVID-19 pandemic, many American states have realized just how important it is to have some digitalized industries well established within the local economy.

Due to the more “outgoing” nature of the American business, the pandemic has delivered a massive blow to the local economy, especially to smaller cities and towns where most of the economy is revolved around the local community itself.

Even before the pandemic, however, Louisiana was already facing some serious financial issues and was trying to find any plausible way to shore up its economy.

Thanks to the desperation that the pandemic has caused, a recently shelved legislation that was supposed to allow legal sports betting in the country is going to be discussed by the Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee even further after approving bill SB130 on May 5th.


More and more states open to the idea

The most recent state to legalize sports betting in Colorado, which fought quite the battle to get the bill banning it ratified. The most interesting part about the discussions about sports betting in Colorado was that there were not too many comprehensive arguments coming from the banners’ side.

Most of it had to do with the taboo associated with the industry as well as a cry for help from many addicted citizens. Naturally, that’s something that can very easily be fixed.

Since casinos are already vetting their customers and checking their identification documents every time they enter, they could just make a blacklist and not let those that have been registered as addicts inside the premises.

Overall, the introduction of legal sports betting was also extremely easy in Lousiana, quite bafflingly so.

The SB130 bill had absolutely no opposition when the last time it was tried on a vote, it failed miserably and had to be sent back in the line for potential approvals in the future.

Regardless though, it does not seem that the bill will have anything to do with online sports betting. It mostly revolves around offline betting, which is kind of ironic considering the whole country is on lockdown right now.

And even when everything opens back up, there is no real incentive to rush to sports betting venues.

Casinos? Sure, but sports betting venues not so much. Why? Because nobody’s really playing anything are they? The sports industry is just as much of a quarantine as everything else.


The bill was slightly confusing

Going back to the whole “bill doesn’t concern online industry” argument, it needs to be said that the articulation really needed to be a bit more specific.

According to several sports betting platforms, they were overjoyed when they heard that Louisianna was starting to legalize the industry.

Collin Lum, the marketing director of Spinia casino online in North America had already prepared a campaign for something like this to happen in the United States, but nothing could be done really.

“We had a really big plan to start advertising the platform in whichever state was going to open up online gambling, and we honestly thought that Louisianna was gearing up towards it as well.

It took our legal team 2 days to read through the bill and then start contacting the local government to make sure that there was indeed room for online platforms. 2 days were wasted on keeping the team on hold and pre-planning quite a lot of things.

Needless to say, all of us were disappointed to find out the bill did not mention the online sector at all.”

The frustration induced by the poorly articulated bill is understandable. In fact, it would have been much clearer if the bill did not pass while the whole country was not in quarantine. Why pass a bill that will not come into full effect until the country opens up (and who knows how long that will take).


Still a long road ahead

Although the SB130 bill has already been approved, there is still quite a lot of legal word to be done. Those who remember the 2018 legalization of fantasy sports know just how much detailed outlining is required to fully polish everything up.

The most likely decision that will have to be made is the handing out of licenses to private companies for building new venues across the state.

It is not going to be surprising to see these venues appear on the borders of the state rather than within the very heart of major cities, considering that some neighboring states are still in the dark in terms of sports betting. Therefore, getting some additional customers from there is going to be quite beneficial for the overall economy locally.

All in all, it’s guaranteed that Lousiana will open its first betting parlors in 2020 sooner rather than later.