On May 14, the U.S. Supreme court struck down the key language in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which barred state-authorized sports betting. This decision allowed New York and every other state to move forward with their own sports betting regulations.
New York State has long been “behind the curve” in gambling developments, according to NY Sen. John Bonacic. Bonacic and other lawmakers were eager to legalize and regulate a New York sports betting industry before the legislative session ended in 2018. But that didn’t happen, and bettors in the state will likely be forced to wait a bit longer.
Recently, the New York State Gaming Commission approved preliminary rules and regulations on Jan. 28. Pending a 60-day review period, all four commercial casinos and tribal gaming facilities will be able to offer sports betting.
For now, mobile and online components are off the table. Additionally, tracks, racinos and off-track betting (OTB) facilities will need new legislation to be included.
NY sports betting status
Now that states have the authority to accept legal single-game sports bets, several New York lawmakers are actively trying to pass legislation that would position casinos and racetracks to do so.
The New York Gaming Economic Development Act, passed in 2013, allows for the four state-operated casinos to run sports betting under the approval of the state’s gaming commission. Rules and regulations are expected to be finalized later this year which will allow all four casinos and tribal facilities to begin taking wagers.
NY Sports Betting FAQ
When will sports betting be legal in New York?
Residents in the Empire State could potentially see sports betting at the four commercial casinos and tribal gaming facilities by the end of 2019.
Lawmakers were unable to pass a sports betting bill before their session adjourned in June 2018. However, new legislative efforts are underway to include mobile and online wagering. It remains possible that limited sports betting could launch in 2019 under a 2013 law voted in by state residents. Any widespread bill that would include betting at racinos, tribal casinos, and mobile apps will need to first be passed.
Where can I bet on sports in NY when it becomes legal?
Under current law, only New York’s four commercial casinos are eligible to apply for a sports betting license:
- Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Tioga Downs Casino
- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
- Resorts World Catskills
However, that legislation could be amended to include tribal casinos, race tracks, and off-track betting facilities (OTBs).
Can I bet on my mobile device?
Under the recently approved preliminary rules and regulations, mobile sports betting will not be authorized in New York. But as neighboring states launch their sports betting products, many of which will offer mobile and online offerings, NY is expected to follow.
Which sports teams in New York can I bet on?
New Yorkers will be able to place bets on all of the major sports franchises:
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- New York Yankees
- New York Mets
- Buffalo Sabres
- Buffalo Bills
Betting on college sports will also be legal. Syracuse University is the only major football and basketball program in the state, but smaller Division I colleges like the University of Buffalo and St. John’s University will find the betting boards of NY sportsbooks as well.
Can I get into trouble for placing bets with unregulated online sportsbooks before it’s legal in New York?
Federal law states that unregulated sports books are illegal and anyone placing or accepting bets through such practices in the United States are subject to prosecution. However, there has yet to be a known instance of such a crime being carried out in a New York courtroom.
Why choose legal sports betting over illegal online sportsbooks?
The opportunity to bet at legal, regulated sportsbooks is one that customers should take advantage of. When placing bets on illegal offshore sites, you never truly know where your money is going and whether you’ll get paid if you win. Legal sportsbooks in NY will offer the safety and security of knowing that your personal details are protected and that you’ll be paid. Those are the primary advantages of choosing legal sports betting sites over illegal sports betting sites.