Pump-Fake? Betting On College Games Hosted In NY State Is Back On The Table

Written By Nicole Russo on January 19, 2022
Betting on college sports in New York

When it comes to wagering on collegiate athletics in the New York sports betting market, there’s still a lot of confusion even two weeks after launch.

It’s clear that betting is not allowed on in-state collegiate teams. However, does that ban expand to collegiate athletic events being hosted in the state? Even we were unsure.

According to New York Sen. Joseph Addabbo, the Chairman of Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering, the answer is no.

That is great news for bettors in New York.

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March Madness Betting Options Expand For New Yorkers

Based on previous gaming statutes in the state, several New York sports betting operators told TheLines they were confused about whether or not you could wager on in-state collegiate events. Some assumed you couldn’t.

This would have been a huge disappointment for many planning to bet on March Madness. New York will host many tournament games through 2026.

Several opening round matchups in 2022 and 2023 would have been off the board, as well as Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games in 2023.

It would have also been a huge hit for operators since March Madness is one of the biggest wagering events of the year.

However, we are here to deliver good news!

Matthew Kredell recently spoke to Sen. Addabbo, who stated, “You can bet on games taking place in New York, but not on New York teams, including when they’re in a bracket.”

As long as a New York team like Syracuse or St. Bonaventure isn’t participating in the March Madness games hosted in the state, they are available for wagering.

Outright futures odds on the tournament are also available, but New York state teams won’t be listed.

What About The Big East Tournament?

The same rules apply when it comes to the Big East Tournament held each year at Madison Square Garden.

You won’t see New York collegiate teams listed in the futures odds and you won’t be able to bet on their matchups throughout the tournament.

If you were looking to get a wager down on St. John’s to go the distance, you’d have to cross the border into New Jersey to do so.

However, you can wager on tournament futures minus St. Jonh’s and the rest of the games taking place.

This year’s tournament will run from March 9-12.

Betting On College Bowl Games Hosted In New York

Outside of NCAA basketball, New York also plays host to a college football bowl game.

Teams from the Big Ten and ACC conferences battle it out each year at the PinStripe Bowl held at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.

Bettors in the state that want to wager on this bowl game can do so as long as Syracuse isn’t one of the teams in it.

If Syracuse makes the game, you will not find it listed at New York online sportsbooks.

New York Wagering Provisions

Previous gaming laws in New York that were drafted in 2013 stated the following when it came to collegiate athletic events hosted in the state:

“Prohibited sports event” means any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New York or a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place;”

With the expansion into online wagering, lawmakers created new provisions for this law, which were filed in July 2021. These provisions change the definition of a prohibited sports event.

(s) “Prohibited sports event” means a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place, or high school sport or athletic event. The following shall not be considered prohibited sports events: (i) a collegiate tournament, and (ii) a sports event within such tournament so long as no New York college team is participating in that particular sports event;

It’s important to note that although collegiate athletic events hosted in New York are not expressly prohibited, operators still have the choice of whether or not they list all of these games.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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