NY Mobile Sports Betting Bills Include Multiple Operators

NY Mobile Sports Betting Bills Include Multiple Operators
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Although New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo envisions a much different mobile sports betting model, legislation introduced by two key New York lawmakers on Thursday would have multiple operators in the market.

Senate bill 1183, sponsored by New York State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.-D (15th State District) is currently in the Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering Committee, which he presides over as chairman.

This bill would allow four commercial casinos and tribal casinos to offer mobile betting, with each casino receiving two online skins to partner with online platforms with a total of up to 14 mobile sports operators in New York.

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Cuomo, who sparked optimism Wednesday when he said online sports betting would be included in his state budget plan, dampened that optimism when he later suggested that "we want to do sports betting the way the state runs the lottery. Where the state gets the revenues.”

”Many states have done sports betting but they basically allow casinos to run their own gambling operations. That makes a lot of money for the casinos but makes minimal money for the state,” Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday. “I’m not here to make casinos a lot of money. I’m here to raise funds for the state. So we have a different model for sports betting.”

Addabbo on Thursday said he had concerns with that type of model. “Our vision greatly differs from theirs,” he said. States with lottery-run, single-source sports betting platforms have had numerous issues.

“We have a draft of a proposal from both the State Senate and Assembly that is already in place and ready to be moved on. Our proposal sets out to use multiple skins throughout the state, so we can open it up to several platforms,” Addabbo told Gambling.com before his legislation was introduced.

Other Sports Wagering Locations

A wide-ranging, new portion of Addabbo’s Senate bill would also have other sports facilities, including racetracks, pro sports stadiums and arenas (capacity of 15,000 or more each), off-track betting parlors and the Queens-based Resorts World casino, serve as affiliate sports wagering locations that would have individual self-service kiosks through partnerships with any one of the casinos.

Some of the biggest online sportsbooks are already partnered with casinos in the state: DraftKings and del Lago Resort Casino in Waterloo; FanDuel and Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols; BetRivers and Rivers Casino in Schenectady.

Any facility that is gaming-related above would have to wait one full year after the bill has become law to become eligible. Other facilities such as Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium would have to wait up to 20 months after law has been enacted to be eligible.

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Other Details in the Senate Bill

Many of the financial aspects in previous drafts of Senate legislation are also in the bill, including a 12% tax on mobile bets and 0.2% royalty fee on betting handle that in turn would be paid back to professional sports leagues.

The Empire State would be the first in the nation to enact this fee, which in the past had become wildly unpopular.

The other bill introduced this week: Assembly bill 1257, sponsored by another major supporter, J. Gary Pretlow (District 89), chair of the Committee on Racing and Wagering in the Assembly, is currently in committee. It is similar to the Senate bill and implements a tax equivalent to 8.5% of sports wagering gross revenue.

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