The New York State Assembly is in step with the state Senate on how to expand yet-to-launch mobile sports betting in the Empire State.
Yesterday, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow of Mt. Vernon introduced a bill that would allow mobile sports betting kiosks at pro sports venues, horse tracks, and OTBs that have agreements with mobile sportsbook operators licensed in New York. The legislation would also add fixed-odds horse betting to New York’s mobile betting options.
Pretlow’s bill is identical to S.7536, introduced in Albany by Sen. Joe Addabbo of Queens on Nov. 19, 2021. It appears to be the latest collaboration between the two Democrats, who oversee racing and wagering standing committees in the New York State Legislature.
The two lawmakers were key negotiators in talks that led to legalization of New York mobile sports betting through the state budget in April 2021.
Where Would New York Mobile Sports Betting Kiosks Be Located?
Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, the Mets’ Citi Field, and Buffalo Bills’ Highmark Stadium, as well as Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct race tracks, are among the facilities that could see kiosks on their premises under the legislation. Kiosk bets would be run through servers located at the same four upstate commercial casinos that will process all mobile sports bets statewide.
Addabbo told Gaming Today last month that accessibility for all New York sports bettors is the reason for the legislation.
“One thing we have a vision of is accessibility of mobile sports betting for New Yorkers,” said the Senator. “So, horse racing, stadiums, arenas, kiosks, OTBs, throughout the state … right now that’s not the case, and will not be the case but through horse racing and their bets.”
That said, it will be a while before kiosks are up and ready at pro sports stadiums and horse tracks. Should the legislation pass into law, sportsbooks would have to wait 12 months for the state to approve agreements with horse tracks and the video slots facility at Aqueduct specifically. That would push kiosk betting at tracks into late 2022 at the earliest.
Mobile sports betting kiosks at New York pro sports arenas and stadiums would have to wait 20 months for state approval, per the bill.