New York Sports Betting Bill Tracker

New York Sports Betting Bill TrackerAlthough the landmark Murphy vs. NCAA et al case took place just across the border of the Empire State, it was still a monumental win for legal New York sports betting. As one of the most populous states and a home to more than ten sports teams, regulated sports betting in the Empire State could have astronomical economic impacts. Many are unaware that New York has been a proponent for sports betting for quite some time. In 2013, a referendum was passed that expanded gambling to include sports wagering. Of course, the state could not implement the law until permissible on the federal level, which was the end result of the May 14th, 2018 ruling on the New Jersey sports betting case. The Supreme Court voted 6-3 that prohibitive Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional, therefore lifting the 25-year ban that restricted single-game wagering to Nevada. Now that PASPA is no longer an immediate issue, New York can move forward with sports betting expansion.

While the aforementioned New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013 did legalize sports gambling, state legislators have been continuously introducing new legislation. The Act as written only legalizes sports betting at commercial casinos in the state, which is why lawmakers and other gaming interests have been working on expanding sports wagering further. The four exclusive commercial casinos that can legally offer NY sports betting include Del Lago Resort & Casino, Tioga Downs Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resorts World Catskills. The legal New York sports betting age is 21 years old, and the New York State Gaming Commission will provide regulatory oversight.

During the 2019 legislative session, the legislature will consider also including racetracks, OTBs, and tribal casinos in the facilities eligible to accept sports bets. The current law also omits any language regarding licensing, fees, and taxes, which are areas that will need to be addressed prior to live sports betting launching in NY.

Here are the latest proposed sports betting laws in the state of New York:

NY SB 1282

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“Article 1, Section 9 of the State Constitution would be amended to allow for an additional exception to the prohibition on all gambling authorizing wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events at betting facilities located at horse racing tracks, simulcast theaters operated by off-track betting corporations and in any constitutionally authorized casino facility as may be prescribed by the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be applied exclusively to or in aid or support of education.”

Sponsored by Senator Tony Avella, NY SB 1282 would authorize gambling on professional and collegiate sporting events at horse racetracks, simulcast facilities, and casinos. Proceeds would support education initiatives in the state. The Assembly version of this bill is NY AB 5428.

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NY AB 5438

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The bill authorizes sports wagering on professional and collegiate sports at horse racing tracks, licensed casinos, and off-track betting locations. Sponsored by Assemblyman David Weprin, NY AB 5438 is the same as NY SB 1282. If either bill were to pass, residents would be able to wager on sports at tracks like the Aqueduct in Queens or OTB locations like Clubhouse Race Book in Albany.

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NY SB 7900

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"Sports Wagering" Means Wagering On Sporting Events or Any Portion thereof, Or On The Individual Performance Statistics Of Athletes Participating In A Sporting Event, Or Combination Of Sporting Events, By Any System Or Method Of Wagering, Including, But Not Limited To, In-Person Communication And Electronic Communication Through Internet Websites And Mobile Device Applications.”

The proposed bill regulates mobile sports betting in the state. It also includes an “integrity fee” of up to 2% of a casino’s gross sports wagering revenue to be paid to the commercial gaming revenue fund. Senator John. J Bonacic (R – Majority) sponsored the draft legislation.

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