New York Mobile Sports Betting On Hold AgainLegalNew York
New York is considered to be one of the more progressive states in America. But for sports bettors, New York has historically been less than progressive. That trend appears poised to remain in tact, as the state does not appear likely to upgrade its sports betting menu substantially. And while sports bettors in upstate New York may be able to enjoy some incremental improvements, those who live downstate are still left without any real in-state options.
State budget lacking mobile sports betting
For sports bettors, the most important thing in the 2020-2021 state budget item was mobile sports betting. As currently constructed, New York sports betting laws have only allowed for select upstate casinos to accept sports wagers. But, aside from a small tweak to the existing laws, no real changes were made. Those upstate casinos were permitted to accept bets outside of the designated sportsbook areas on casino property. That means that online and mobile sports betting could be possible on those properties. But for those who do not have access to those casinos, that change is not all that impactful.
With the majority of New York State residents living downstate, that news is bleak for most bettors. It means that the bulk of the state population will not be able to access legal sports betting in New York. And with New Jersey gambling appearing to be the more convenient option for downstate residents, it is possible that New York is losing out on a large chunk of tax revenue by not being more accommodating to all of its residents at this time.
Future improvement possible
While online sports betting is not yet legal in the state of New York, this latest update could help it become legal in the future. That is no consolation to bettors who are unable to take advantage of the rule changes upstate, but should be seen as a small silver lining. The reason this update could fuel future online and mobile sports betting legalization is the fact that it paves the way for casinos to begin developing their own websites or apps for sports wagering.
Now that the currently legal upstate casinos are not required to take bets in the lounge sections of their facilities, bettors could theoretically place bets on those properties via websites or apps. If developed, lawmakers could then argue that the technology is already in place for statewide legalization. And if the plug-and-play nature of those technological upgrades leads to legalization, it could be a massive positive for New York bettors sooner than later. At the very least, New Yorkers shouldn’t tear up their tickets on this possibility just yet.
Source: Post Star