Some of the world’s most notable sporting venues could be legalized for mobile sports betting if New York lawmakers get their latest bill approved. Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, and Yankee Stadium in The Bronx would all be betting homes for the residents and visitors of The Empire State.
New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who leads the chamber’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, made a few changes on Senate Bill 17 to have in-person betting at pro stadiums and arenas in counties that don’t have any sort of gambling establishments.
Counties that already have racetracks, like Queens (home of Citi Field) where Aqueduct is, won’t be able to have these betting machines within their borders.
“I think this is a win-win for New York City,” said Daniel Wallach, co-founder of the Sports Wagering & Integrity Program at the University of New Hampshire Law School. “In a sports stadium all along the lines of Yankee Stadium, you could have 40, 50-thousand people – all of whom are your target audience for sports betting, there are sports enthusiasts – and I think you’ll capture a much higher amount of revenue.”
Essentially, the changes made were to expand affiliates, which were basically horse racetracks, off-track betting (OTB) shops, and casinos. The arenas like Barclays Center, MSG, and Yankee Stadium would have self-service mobile betting kiosks at these venues, to ensure the action is being done in a “safe place” to go by the laws of the New York Constitution.
Not only would customers be able to make these bets at the kiosks, but they would be able to do this on their cell phones as well.
New York hasn’t had much success in getting many bills pushed through, and this even dates back to the infancy stages of daily fantasy sports, which was thwarted for a time. However, it seems like the times are changing with more extensive information being provided from all sides.
In January 2019, parameters were set introduced for betting in New York that would include a $12 million license fee, 8.5% tax on all land-based sports betting and 12% for mobile revenue.