Things keep moving along nicely in the Empire State. This past week, an updated version of New York State Gaming Commission’s sports betting regulations appeared on a state website. The updated version’s text includes additions and deletions that accommodate the imminent launch of mobile sports betting, including the New York banned bettors list.
The updates, which appear to be the finalization of the state’s regulations, indicate the NYSGC document in question is titled “Part 5239: Sports Wagering at Casino Lounges and Other Public Casino Locations.”
Basically, the document provides the regulatory definitions and framework for sports betting in the state. And while the document focuses on retail sports betting, it includes updated rules and regulations for NY mobile sports betting, too.
New York Banned bettors list
Some of the more notable changes include an expansion of what the NYSGC considers a “prohibited sports bettor.” The previous version of the regulations banned the following people for betting on athletic events in which they participated in, supported, or oversaw:
- Employees of a sport’s governing body
The updated version of the regulations added the following people to the list:
- Sports agent
- Owner, employee, or independent contractor of a team, player union, or umpire union
- Official or contractor of a sports governing body if the bets they’re making are on the sports their governing body oversees
Also, the NYSGC added non-gaming employees of casinos, “any principle, key employee or casino gaming employee” of a casino (not including those who have exceptions granted by the NYSGC), employees and contractors of a sports wagering licensee if that person has any involvement in the running sports betting or processing bets and payments.
The regulations even include a new section that bars the immediate family of a casino employee or contractor from betting if the family member is also prohibited from betting because of their relationship to a casino.
It seems the NYSGC is doing its best to avoid any conflicts of interest that would jeopardize the integrity of New York sports betting.
And, finally, the regulations prohibit NYSGC officers and employees from placing a sports bet in New York.
Other adjustments include changing “sports pool license” to casino sports wagering license and the addition of the following definition for an authorized sports bettor: “…an individual who is physically present in a casino when placing a sports wager and who is not a prohibited sports bettor.
Updates on New York sports betting launch
There is no official word from the NYSGC about when mobile sports betting will launch in the state. For now, bettors have to head to one of the state’s eight casino sportsbooks to place legal wagers.
Stakeholders have noted they want things done right before the launch to avoid any post-launch issues. For example, WKBW (Buffalo) anchor Jeff Russo reported that, on the day the state announced the approval of licenses for eight sports-betting platforms, an NYSGC representative said the launch is dependent on “the licensee getting everything lined up.”
That, in a way, is excellent news for New York sports bettors. The approved platforms include giants such as DraftKings NY and FanDuel NY, both of whom should have no problem getting their platforms ready for launch. It wouldn’t be surprising if some of these major players launched their apps before the NFL playoffs.