If you’ve been focused on March Madness, or the Saints and their quarterback situation, you may not realize the USFL kicks off in under a month. And that begs the question, can you bet on the USFL in Louisiana?
For now, the answer is no, but by the time the United States Football League begins, betting on its games may be legal. If so, that will be good news for fans of Louisiana sports betting. It will be especially welcomed by those looking to bet on the New Orleans Breakers.
Three sportsbooks — DraftKings Louisiana, FanDuel Louisiana, and PointsBet — have added the USFL champion betting market to their offerings. Before you can bet on an event in Louisiana, however, one of the state’s licensed sports wagering providers must request that the league be added to the state’s catalog of approved wagers.
A request to add the USFL has been made and is under review according to Capt. Saleem El-Amin, commander of the state’s gaming enforcement division. A decision should be forthcoming within weeks. So, bettors should have an answer in advance of the USFL’s April 16 debut.
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Who Decides If You Can Bet On The USFL In Louisiana?
Every state has its own regulatory body that sets sports betting rules and regulations tailored to each state’s needs. While much of the regulatory process is similar between states, Louisiana is unique in some ways.
Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes and each held its own vote on legalizing sports betting within its borders. Nine parishes voted against sports betting, so you can only wager if you’re in one of the 55 parishes where it’s legal.
Each state determines which leagues meet stringent criteria designed to show that its competitions are above board. Integrity matters, which is why the NFL was quick to suspend Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for at least one year for betting on games.
The USFL has partnered with Sportradar as its official sports data and integrity partner. Sportradar works with a number of leagues already approved in Louisiana, so that may speed up the review process.
In addition to allowing wagers on the NFL and NCAA football, Louisiana residents can also bet on the CFL, Arena League, AAF, and XFL. The AAF is approved though its last game was in 2019. The XFL is planning to return to action in 2023.
Fifteen states have already approved betting on the USFL.
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A Look At The USFL’s Operating Model
While the league will debut with eight teams, all games in 2022 will be played in Birmingham, Ala. So if you decide to back the New Orleans Breakers, you’ll have to hit the road or take a flight to attend a game.
The USFL is divided into a North Division (Michigan, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh), and a South Division (Tampa Bay, Houston, New Orleans, and Birmingham).
Each team will play 10 games, two against each of its divisional opponents and one game against each team outside its division. The top two teams in each division will play in a semifinal game on June 25, with the championship game on July 3. The playoff games will be held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Each team will have a 45-man roster, consisting of 38 active players and a seven-man practice squad.
FanDuel’s futures odds have Michigan and Tampa Bay as the co-favorites at +450 apiece. New Orleans sits third at +550. PointsBet has Michigan at +400, with Tampa Bay and New Orleans next at +550 apiece.
The Breakers will be coached by former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. Quarterback Kyle Sloter (Northern Colorado) is expected to head the offense for New Orleans.