Louisiana: Faculty Senate questions LSU Athletics on ‘secretive’ nature, ethics of sports betting partnership

Louisiana: Faculty Senate questions LSU Athletics on ‘secretive’ nature, ethics of sports betting partnership

Article brief provided by The Reveille
  • Oliver Butcher, The Reveille
January 25, 2023 9:02 PM
  • Oliver Butcher, The Reveille
  • Louisiana
  • Sports Betting

A presentation Monday to the Faculty Senate by LSU Athletics on its partnership with sports betting site Caesar’s Sportsbook drew sharp criticism from the school’s faculty representatives, who said they were left out of the deal making process and questioned the ethics of a gambling company sponsoring a school in the first place.

The Caesar’s Sportsbook deal in question was signed in late 2021 in anticipation of sports betting being legalized in Louisiana in January 2022. The exact details of the deal are unclear, but it runs until 2026 and, according to reporting by the AP, is worth “multiple millions” of dollars.

Members of the Faculty Senate raised concerns about what they felt was the secretive nature of the deal