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What are the Odds? Sports Betting in Louisiana (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-03-27

Duration: 00:57:49

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Gambling | Sports betting | STATE BUDGET | Compulsive gamblers


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Johns, Ronnie Interviewee
  • Marino, Joseph Interviewee
  • Mills, Gene Interviewee
  • West, Paul Interviewee
  • Miller, Janet Speaker
  • Flicker, Richard Speaker
  • Alexander, Royal Speaker
  • Beychok, Michael Speaker
  • Dukes, Katherine Speaker
  • Engolis, Lance Speaker
  • Green, Matt Speaker
  • Colwell, Christine Speaker
  • Pellegrin, Danielle Speaker
  • Baisier, Olivia Speaker
  • Martiny, Danny Panelist
  • Hall, Will Panelist
  • Crisp, Elizabeth Panelist
  • McNeal, Chuck Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 27, 2019, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the pros and cons of legalizing sports betting in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Ronnie Johns, the chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board; State Representative Joseph Marino; Reverend Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum; and Paul West, an attorney with Butler Snow LLC. The audience members then share their views on sports betting. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Danny Martiny, the sponsor of a bill legalizing sports betting; Will Hall, the director of the Office of Public Policy for the Louisiana Baptist Convention; Elizabeth Crisp, a reporter for The Advocate newspaper; and Major Chuck McNeal of the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division. They discuss: the likelihood that sports betting will be legalized; maintaining the integrity of sporting events; the possibility of expanding into mobile gaming; geo-fencing; the impact of gambling on youth; the sports leagues pushing for integrity fees from the casinos; whether the revenue from sports betting should be dedicated within the state budget; combating compulsive gambling; and educating children about gambling. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau