New York Sports Betting Bill To Be Voted In The Next Few Days
New York Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. confirmed that his team changed a few things on the language in the sports betting bill to be discussed in the next few days, and it could be voted as early as this week. Most of the rules for retail sports betting have been approved, but it’s a matter of changing the language a little.
There was an issue with the language proposed in the previous document. The bill is looking for New York pro teams to partner with casinos and sports betting brands. It happens with several organizations around states where the sports betting bill has been approved like New Jersey with the Devils and Las Vegas with the Golden Knights.
The problem is the bill said stadiums and arenas would be able to offer sports gambling if they aren’t affiliated with a racetrack, off-track betting parlor or video lottery facilities inside the county. Just by adding that, it rules out the Citi Field, home of the Mets, and New Era Field of the Bills. The new language in the bill would allow sports gambling to be legal in professional sports venues in New York of more than 15,000 seats. This will put all teams in the state in a fair playing level to get the casinos business going their way.
Mobile Sports Betting In New York Will Take More Time
Even with the retail sports betting rules mostly approved, and the new language change, there are not early signings that mobile sports betting will be in place in New York anytime soon. Eventually, it will happen, but it might take over a year to arrive. The legislative session ends June 19, and it’s doubtful the lawmakers can strike a deal by then. However, the casinos are taking the news of the approval of in-house sports betting well. That news by itself can allow them to be patient before mobile sports betting becomes a reality.
Any Other States Approving A Sports Betting Bill?
Arkansas, Oregon, Montana, Illinois and most recently Tennessee have approved legal sports betting. All of these states are pending the launch of their operations, and at least two are aiming to get it done before 2019 ends. Other states are moving towards the legalization. For example, Massachusetts has had two days of hearings to vote either way, but the conversation still is in the early stages. The stakeholders and policymakers will have to come together to draft the bill that works both ways.
New Hampshire will decide the future of sports gambling in the next week. The voting will be in a few days, but rumors say it should be approved smoothly. Ohio is working on the structure of the sports betting framework. One will come via the casinos and the other via the lottery. Reports say neither is ahead of the other, but only one can make through. The bad news comes from two states in particular. Connecticut efforts to have sports betting are officially silent for the second year in a row.
The problem has to do with the connections between the state and the tribes. Louisiana is the other state. The proposal from Sen. Danny Martiny didn’t find enough votes even though it was an edgy one with on-site sports gambling and daily fantasy sports as the allure. Apparently, they will fix the language and try again in the future.