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70% of Louisiana Residents Support Legalizing Fantasy Sports

For Immediate Release

Contact: 
Peter Schoenke
FSTA Chairman
Phone: (608) 819-5068
Email: peter@rotowire.com 
Web site:  Fsta.org

70% of Louisiana Residents Support Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Clear majorities also support legalization in Iowa, Arizona and Washington

(Chicago, IL)  – A large majority of Louisianians (70 percent) support the full legalization of fantasy sports in the state, according to a poll conducted by international research firm Ipsos for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Louisiana is one of five states with laws that prevent playing fantasy sports for prizes. In early May, the Louisiana legislature took up a bill to fully legalize fantasy sports. House bill No. 475 passed 71-20. The bill now waits for a vote in the Louisiana senate.

“This polling data confirms what we’ve always believed, that residents of Louisiana are supportive of fantasy sports and want the hobby fully legalized,” said Paul Charchian, President of the FSTA. “It’s time for Louisiana to pass HB 475 so that the state’s residents can play all the fantasy sports contests that are legal in 45 other states.”

Three other states that prevent playing fantasy sports for prizes also have clear majorities in favor of full legalization: 64 percent of Iowans, 64 percent of Washingtonians and 65 percent of Arizonans support legalizing fantasy sports.

The state polls were part of the annual demographic study of the fantasy sports industry conducted by the FSTA. The full study will be released at the FSTA’s annual summer conference in New York at the Crown Plaza Times Square on June 22-23.The FSTA expects record attendance for this conference, which features two days of guest speakers and seminars.  A complete schedule of events is available at http://www.fsta.org.

About the FSTA
The FSTA is the trade group representing the fantasy sports industry with over 275 members ranging from small startups to large media corporations. As the voice of the industry since 1998, the FSTA has been the leader in providing demographic data, annual conferences and collective action to ensure unfettered growth. Visit www.fsta.org for more information.

About Ipsos
Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. We conduct strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate, and media opinion research. Ipsos has media partnerships with the most prestigious news organizations around the world. In Canada, the U.S., UK, and internationally, Ipsos Public Affairs is the media polling supplier to Reuters News, the world’s leading source of
intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Ipsos Public Affairs is a member of the Ipsos Group, a leading global survey-based market research company. We provide boutique-style customer service and work closely with our clients, while also undertaking global research.

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Methodology
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted April 27 – May 11, 2015. The state polls had a credibility interval of plus or minus 7 percentage points. Ipsos collected 1603 responses from those aged 18-plus in Arizona (n204), Iowa (n205), Washington (n191) and Louisiana (n195).