Journey To Mobile NY Sports Betting Restarts With A Single Step

Posted on January 13, 2020 - Last Updated on January 15, 2020

Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. wasted no time beginning the push for mobile NY sports betting in 2020.

As Addabbo previously told Legal Sports Report to expect, the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee he chairs passed New York sports betting bill S 17 on Monday in the committee’s first meeting of the year.

The Senate approved S 17 last June but the Assembly never brought it up for a vote with word that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto the legislation. The bill carried over unchanged to the second year of New York’s two-year session.

Less than five minutes into the hearing Monday morning, the bill had unanimous approval after quick comments from members. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

Addabbo said he is making the move earlier than usual in order to start the process of advocating for mobile NY sports betting to obtain momentum for the impending budget process.

NY budget discussions begin this month

Cuomo’s executive budget proposal is due Jan. 21. Addabbo expressed hope that Cuomo will include mobile casino expansion and sports betting in New York in the budget. Cuomo didn’t speak on either in his State of the State address last week.

“Every time the governor spoke at the State of the State, I heard a cash register go off and see the need for substantial revenue, which I believe mobile sports betting and the three unused commercial gaming licenses provide,” Addabbo said. “I’ll remain rationally hopeful it’s included in our state budget.”

Addabbo communicated that NY sports betting doesn’t need to be in Cuomo’s initial proposal to make the final budget. That process will continue until April 1 with discussions among the Senate, Assembly, and executive office.

What’s in NY sports betting bill

As passed by the Senate, S 17 could be better for the industry. But it’s not getting any improvements before moving out of committee this year.

Key components of the bill include:

  • An initial license fee of $12 million.
  • Tax rate of 8.5% on retail sports betting and 12% on mobile.
  • 0.20% of the handle on all wagers go to professional sports leagues as an integrity fee.
  • One skin per casino.
  • Casinos required to use official league data for in-play wagers if made available on “commercially reasonable terms” as determined by the New York Gaming Commission.
  • Racetracks, off-track betting parlors, sports stadiums and arenas may partner with commercial casinos to offer sports betting through the mobile servers on their properties.
  • Indian tribes also would need to partner with commercial casinos to offer mobile wagering.
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Matthew started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News, where he covered the NFL, Kobe-Shaq three-peat, Pete Carroll’s USC football teams, USC basketball, pro tennis, Kings hockey and fulfilled his childhood dream of sitting in the Dodgers’ dugout. His reporting on efforts to legalize sports betting began in 2010, when Playboy Magazine flew him to Prague to hang out with Calvin Ayre and show how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting expansion of regulated sports betting across the country. A USC journalism alum, Matt also has written on a variety of topics for Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.com.

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